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Table Of Contents Issue 280
The Original Cox’s Harley-Davidson 60 th Anniversary Party
American Flat Track Returns To Charlotte
Biker Trash Nation’s Camel City Bikefest 6.0
Road Trip With The firm That Rides
Letter From The Editor.....................................................5 Cover Story - Rumbling Into 2022....................................6 Cruisin’ Calendar..............................................................8 Quotable Quote................................................................11 The Original Cox’s Harley-Davidson 60th Anniversary Party.......................................................12 American Flat Track Returns To Charlotte........................14 B.A.N.C.’s 10TH Anniversary Tim Diffin “Riding With Angels” Memorial Run.................................18 The Motorcycle Cannonball - Spartanburg Stop..............20 5th Annual Haunted Hills Ride...........................................22 28th Annual Bronson Memorial Run..................................24 Chief’s Ride For Charity...................................................26 28TH Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Ride.............28 Cyclemania 2021..............................................................32 Karney Law Firm Centerfold.............................................34 The Motolady’s Book Of Women Who Ride.....................36 Biker Trash Nation’s Camel City Bikefest 6.0...................38 What Is God’s Love?........................................................42 Emily’s Kids Foundation Fundraiser.................................43 Danny Carter Fundraiser..................................................44 Virtual Bike Show.............................................................46 2nd Annual Sambo’s Ride..................................................47 A1 Cycles 25th Anniversary...............................................48 Burlington H.O.G. Meals On Wheels Fundraiser.............50 In Memory Of Robert Earl Wilson.....................................52 Thunderzone....................................................................53 Benefit Bike Ride For Coastal Women’s Shelter..............54 Chainsaws, Golf Carts, Lawn Mowers...What’s Next?.....55 Rumble At The Depot.......................................................56 Road Trip With The Firm That Rides................................58 People & Places...............................................................64 Spokes & Jokes................................................................66
Letter From The Editors few days ago,
Founder - Ride In Peace 12/06/1949 - 7/02/2021
Molly “WildThing” Infield Executive Editor / Financial Officer Molly@FullThrottleMagazine.com
Managing Editor / Art Director Lincoln@FullThrottleMagazine.com
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Sales Staff Lincoln, Alan, Scott, Crystal T, Christian, Rose, Lloyd, Elwin, Anthony, Gary, Trisha, David, Bill, Len, Pam, Megan, Tracey, John
Photos Chaos, Alan Dockery, Lincoln Infield, Wally Wersching, Chi, Brad Patton, Rose & Lloyd, Jill Morrow Cline, Pam Irvin, Mickey Carter, Johanna Scheafer, Roger Grinold, Deb Greene, Len “3 Wheel” Montgomery, Tyler Stiles
I noticed the first touches of red and gold on the tips of the tree branches and the sky was clear and Carolina blue. It was beautiful and foreboding at the same time. Take each day as it comes, enjoy the remaining warm sunny riding days and on the blustery gray days, throw on some leather and be thankful we live in the south and there’s not too many days you CAN’T ride. Relish the changing seasons.
Mayhem In Midway was one for the ages, it’s story now being written for those who weren’t there. It was epic. It will be part of the December 2021 issue. Collectible event t-shirts are discounted and still available on our website. We begin again the season of giving and thankfulness. Check out the food drives, benefit runs and especially the toy drives included in the Cruisin’ Calendar. As we went to press with this November issue, there were some still coming in that will be added to the online Cruisin’ Calendar at www.FullThrottleMagazine.com. Help those less fortunate, if you can, it will warm your heart. As we’re all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, let’s not forget to be thankful for all the members of the American military who are currently serving or have served our country on Veterans Day, November 11th. Is your favorite watering hole or local bike shop missing from the pages of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine? Well, we have advertising program for any budget, and you can help these businesses by becoming a Full Throttle sales rep and show them the advantages of advertising directly to the biker community. Earn a little side $$! Call today, we’ll tell you all about it. We are fortunate to have a lot of folks contributing stories to The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine and we thank all of you for your submissions. For some, we were unable to fit in the magazine, and in order to respect the timeliness of the event, we have added them to our blog on www.FullThrottleMagazine.com Pay a visit and catch up with these biker events. Happy Thanksgiving, Thank A Vet, and Ride Safe.
Writers WildThing, Alan Dockery, Ms. Pat, Lincoln Infield, Wally Wersching, Rose & Lloyd, Pam Irvin, Mickey Carter, Johanna Scheafer, Deb Greene, Roger Grinold, Len “3 Wheel” Montgomery, Tyler Stiles
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Rumbling Into 2022
Introducing Bayside Ducati And More! ait, it’s still summer, right?
Used Parts Swap Meet-slash-Food Truck Rodeo 20th Annual Rumble Through The Tunnels Ride
What do you mean it’s almost Christmas? Oh, it’s always almost Christmas! Thankfully riding season in Southern Virginia and the Carolinas can last nearly until it begins again and Bayside Harley-Davidson, Bayside Ducati, and Outer Banks Harley-Davidson are prepped and ready to fill all your winter riding needs. We’re looking forward to giving you more reasons to keep rolling right through into the New Year when we will all once again resolve to ride more, play harder, and have an even better time doing it. October was packed full of good times, starting with a fundraiser for Pit Road K9 Rescue and an appreciation day for all of our First Responders. We finished out the month with a Used Parts Swap Meet-slash-Food Truck Rodeo that went so well that we’re planning to do it again soon. So, if you have a garage full of take-off parts, gently used gear, or custom bits and bobs that no longer suit your style, it’s time to get them sorted out and priced so you can get them here for the next one! Bayside Harley-Davidson was also very proud to host the 20th Annual Rumble Through The Tunnels Ride on October 17th, 2021 to raise funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund. 200+ riders raised over $4,000 for the fund, and with the Road Captains from Bayside Harley-Davidson’s H.O.G. chapter leading the way, they shook the shingles as they cruised through the Downtown, Hampton Roads, and Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnels. To wrap up the great afternoon of riding, everyone kicked back to watch live music by Anthony Rosano, ordered legit lunches from Flavor Savor BBQ and Hades Woodfired Pizza, and enjoyed the excellent weather all while supporting a charity that does so much for our hard-working, local Military families. We are planning to host more frequent Swap Meets and as many RIDES as we can in 2022, so if your organization or charity would like to participate, or you are a moto-related vendor who is interested in coming out, please contact Alicia Luma at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We’ve also got some great events coming up over the holidays and, due to popular demand, we will be continuing our Bike Nights through the winter! These events have been entirely too much fun, with live music, a free grazer’s buffet, lots of vendors, and huge raffles - including 55” TVs, and
Used Parts Swap Meet-slash-Food Truck Rodeo tailgating coolers fully stocked for a perfect ‘pre-game’. We bring out ALL the stops for Bike Nights. In addition to the standard free ‘suds’ and sodas, our showrooms are full of the hottest, newest Harley-Davidson and Ducati models, parts, and accessories, and Motorclothes for all riders. Bayside and Outer Banks Harley-Davidson always invite you to come out and enjoy an evening with your fellow riders. All the upcoming dates are listed below, so don’t miss out.
BAYSIDE H-D & BAYSIDE DUCATI BIKE NIGHTS
5p-8p : 4th Thursday of the month. • November 18th (third Thursday) • December 16th (third Thursday) • January 27th • February 24th • March 24th • April 28th Raffle Registration starts at 5pm. Drawings held at 7:45p, sharp! Must be present to win.
In addition to a red-hot events schedule continuing through the winter, we have an amazing selection of coldweather riding gear to keep you warmly protected and riding comfortably through the holidays. Whether it’s state of the art riding gear from head to toe, or simply replacing a pair of gloves, we literally have you covered! The new hotness abounds as we are currently in the process of remodeling our Bayside location to include a dedicated Ducati showroom for all of you dedicated (or hopeful) Ducatistas out there. We’re now taking deposits and receiving new models all the time in preparation for the Grand Opening this spring, so keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming opening announcement and more details regarding the legendary bash that we’ll be throwing to celebrate it. While you’re waiting, stop in any time and talk to one of our Ducati experts to find out what sets this very special brand apart from ALL of its competitors. Ducati is a classy, sporty, and speedy brand, often referred to as the Ferrari of the motorcycle world and they chose Bayside to be their brand partner in Hampton Roads. Not everyone can own a Ducati… but you can, thanks to Bayside! And, lest we forget, next year marks the 20th anniversary of Outer Banks Bike Week and we’re doubling the fun by holding simultaneous events at Outer Banks Harley-Davidson and at Bayside Harley-Davidson/ Bayside Ducati from April 16th to April 24th, 2022. There will be food, music, vendors, prizes, beer, babes, and bikes galore running all week at both locations, and there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying both - it’s just a gorgeous 90 minute ride between dealerships - so mark your calendars and make your reservations now! Interested vendors or entertainment for either location of the 20th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week should contact Sherry Burgess at 757-397-5550 or email@example.com
OBX H-D BIKE NIGHTS
4p-7p : 2nd Wednesday of the month. • November 10th • December 8th • January 12th • February 9th • March 9th • April 13th Raffle registration starts at 4pm. Drawings held at 6:45p, sharp! Must be present to win.
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NOV 5 FORGOTTEN SONS MC OPEN HOUSE 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., WinstonSalem, NC. 7pm-?, cold beverages avail, games, join the party, tickets avail for shockwave shot gun raffle. NOV 6 JAYBIRDS CUSTOM CYCLES CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY 5865 South Main St. Salisbury, NC. 12-4pm. Live music, food & drinks, door prizes, 50/50, vendors. 704-856-8989 NOV 6 TILLEY HARLEY-DAVIDSON PARKING LOT SWAP MEET Tilley Harley-Davidson, 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. $5/for a spot, last one of the year. www.tilleyhd.com, 704-8723883. NOV 6 BBQ AT THE BREWERY Old Armor Beer Company, 211 West Ave., Kannapolis, NC. Spons by: The NC Chapter Of The U.S. Military Vets MC. Proceeds benefit Veterans Charities. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org NOV 6 SMOKY MOUNTAIN TOY RUN Kearfott Parking Lot, 2858 US-70, Black Mountain, NC. Gates open @10am, Parade starts @1pm, bring a new toy or $15 cash per person. Music, food, t-shirts, pins & patches. Benefits Saint Nicholas Project. www.smokymountaintoyrun.com NOV 6 VETERAN’S DAY POKER RUN American Legion 171 Legion Dr Waynesville NC. Reg. 8-10am, $20/vehicle-$10/ passenger. After run ‘Honoring All Who Served’ Veteran’s Day event, vendors, live music, food truck 4pm Proceeds to benefit Mission 22 & American Legion. Sponsored by WNC Jeepers. WNCJeepers@gmail.com
NOV 6 CRUISE IN FOR A CAUSE 445 CBD Loop, North Wilkesboro, NC. 1-6pm, bring a new unwrapped toy for a child in need. FMI, 980-292-5084. NOV 6 BENEFIT BIKE SHOW & CHICKEN STEW FOR KYLE HALL “BULL” & THE WALLACE FAMILY Sweetwater Tavern, 1174 Turkey Ford Rd., Dobson, NC. 4pm, $10/food ticket, $20/bike entry. Trophies, all proceeds go to Kyle & family and Ben Wallace family. 336-374-3900 NOV 6 6TH ANNUAL THOMAS PATRICK “T.P.” RILEY TOY RUN Rudino’s Pizza, 3350 S. Peak Dr., Hope Mills, NC. Reg 10am, KSU 12:15pm, bring a new/ unwrapped toy (for boys & girls 3-13) or $10 donation per rider. Benefits Hoke Co Partnership for Families & Children. Hosted by: Nam Knights MC Old North Chapter. NOV 6 N.C.R.C. M.C. TAKE OVER DAY PARTY Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 12-5pm, beer, food trucks, vendors, sound off comp. www.fortbraggharley. com, 910-864-1200. NOV 6 13TH ANNUAL CURRITUCK CO. SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TOY RUN Currituck Welcome Center, 106 Caratoke Hwy, Moyock, NC. Police Escorted, Reg 9am, $20/per rider plus a new unwrapped toy. Rain date: 11/13/21. Food provided to all paid participants. Benefits Currituck Co Needy Children. FMI, John Towsend, email@example.com
NOV 6 BENEFIT RIDE FOR DEPUTY BELLINGHAM New Bern Mall – Police Substation, 3100 US-17, New Bern, NC. Reg 9:30am, KSU 11am, $20/riders, $10/ passengers. On October 1st, Craven Co. Deputy Zachary Bellingham was shot while conducting a welfare check. He has a very long road to recovery. He is also a Marine Veteran. Raffles, door prizes. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org NOV 7 BENEFIT RIDE & POKER RUN FOR DEBBIE COCKERHAM Lowes Home Improvement, 130 Lowe’s Blvd., Lexington, NC. Reg 9am, KSU 11am, $15/per bike, $25/double, $20/car, raffle, silent auction, food. NOV 10 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com NOV 11 2ND ANNUAL RIDE FOR A WREATH Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 8am, KSU 11am, ceremony @10am, free food 11am-2pm. www. fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200. NOV 12-14 8th ANNUAL ROCKABILLAQUE CHARLESTON 1083 E. Montague Ave North, Charleston, SC. Live music, vintage bike & classic car shows, food, beer, beard & moustache competition, tattoo contest, pin-up contest, vendors, Benefits Valiant Animal Rescue. FMI, email@example.com, www.rockabillaque.com NOV 13 MAY THE SOUP & STEW BE WITH YOU Smokin Harley-Davidson, 3441 Myer Lee Dr., Winston-Salem, NC. www.smokinharley.com, 336-722-3106.
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Cruisin’ Calendar NOV 13 SMOKEY’S TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE 8160 Depot St., Rural Hall, NC. 2-6pm, $1 beer ticket when you bring in an unwrapped toy, live music, 50/50. 336-642-0080
NOV 13 LAST GRILL DATE OF THE YEAR Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 11am-2pm, free food & beer. www. fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200.
NOV 13 30TH ANNIVERSARY HAYWOOD COUNTY TOY RUN Adams St., Canton, NC. Across from Canton Municipal Building, 58 Park St., Canton, NC. Parade departs @12pm, bring an unwrapped toy or $10 per person. Food, shirts, 50/50, door prizes. Benefits local children. FMI, Dicky King 828-276-6864 firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV 13 FREEDOM BIKER CHURCHFOOTHILLS CHRISTMAS TOY RUN Kendall’s Grill, 1810 Blue Ridge Dr., Greenville, SC. Line up 10am, KSU 11am, collecting new unwrapped toys for country Santa. Benefits children across the upstate. FMI, Cindy 864-230-4839, Paul 864-918-3055.
NOV 13 MEDICAL RELIEF BENEFIT FOR BOB Kickback Jacks, 123 Ervin Rd., Mooresville, NC. Reg 11am, KSU 11:45am, $20/bike/car, $10/2nd rider. Raffles, Bob Askin was involved in a motorcycle accident this past Sept. He is currently recovering and proceeds will help with medical bills. NOV 13 JUSTICE FOR RYANNE RIDE Raging Bull Harley-Davidson, 300 Muldee St., Durham, NC. Reg 9am, KSU 11:30am, $20/single, $5/passenger. Food, t-shirts, 50/50. Ryanne is 4 years old and is recovering from her injuries after enduring serious abuse at the hands of her mother and mother’s boyfriend. 919-596-9511 NOV 13 RIDE FOR JOSH DARDEN POKER RUN New Dimensions Charter School, 550 Lenoir Rd., Morganton, NC. Line up 11:45am, KSU 12pm. $20/single, $25/double, $20/jeep, $5/per passenger incl meal ticket. Food, prize for best & worst hand, live music. Josh was in a motorcycle accident and suffered serious injuries. Proceeds go to Josh Darden. FMI, 828-405-3241. NOV 13 PLAYAZ ELITE TOYS 4 TOTS RIDE Harvest Ministries Outreach Center, 1134 E. Caswell St., Wadesboro, NC. Reg 10am, $15/single, $20/double, bring a new unwrapped toy. 50/50, food. FMI Bugga Sturdivant 910-206-3427. NOV 13 RIDE FOR CODA Freedom Biker Church, 669 Tarheel Rd., Benson, NC. Reg 9am, KSU 10:30am, $25/per bike, $30/ with passenger, food after the ride. Coda Davis was in a terrible car accident in April and has a long road of recovery. Proceeds to help the family. FMI, email@example.com
NOV 13-14TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTE CBA FALL SWAP MEET & BIKE SHOW Rowan County Fairgrounds 1560 Julian Rd., Salisbury, NC. Gates open 10am6pm, bike show, wet t-shirt contest, live bands, vendors, best buns contest. www. charlottecba.org Rick Nail 704-455-6245. NOV 14 18TH ANNUAL GOLDEN STRIP TOY RUN Grand South Bank, S. Main & Hwy 418 Fountain Inn SC. Bring new unwrapped toy 2pm, police escorted ride, rain or shine. Ends with 50/50, door prizes, music & vendors. Toys distributed thru Relentless Church. Paul Williams Jr 864-221-2042 NOV 14 12TH ANNUAL STEELHORSE STRANGERS MC TOY RUN Homestead Steakhouse 205 Frank Timberlake Rd, Timberlake NC Reg. 10:30am, KSU 1:30 Bring new $10 toy or donation per person. Local LE escort scenic ride. Food and fellowship after. Toys and donations to Santa’s Helpers of Person County. In case of severe weather please still bring toys, donations for food and fellowship. NOV 18 BIKE NIGHT FOR THE HENDERSONVILLE TOY DRIVE Triskelion Brewing Company, 340 7th Ave East, Hendersonville, NC. 5-9pm, bring a new toy & get 1st beer free, 50/50 charity raffle, bike contests, food truck. Triskelionbrewing.com NOV 18 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com NOV 20 OPERATION RIDE HOME Baxter’s tavern, 536 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. Live music, proceeds go towards sending active duty military home for the holidays. www.baxterstavern.com, 336-808-5837.
9 NOV 20 BENEFIT FOR TERRY STILLER Shark Tank Bar, 612 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC. Live auction & silent auction, accepting donations. 704-431-6567. NOV 20 CELEBRATING 49 YEARS Tilley Harley-Davidson, 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. 12-2pm, refreshments, food & cake. www.tilleyhd.com, 704-8723883. NOV 20 27TH ANNUAL MURPHEY’S TOY RUN Murphey’s Scooter Shed 114 Camelot Court, Kings Mtn NC Meet 11, leave 12, bring $5+new toy per person, police escorted. Rain Date 11/21. Free BBQ after. Benefits Shriner’s Burn Center & Oxford Orphanage Masonic Home For Children, Cleveland Co Sheriff’s Office, Kings Mtn PD 704-739-4707 / 704-477-5762 NOV 20 DALE’S WHEELS THROUGH TIME RAFFLE DAY 62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley, NC. Unveiling raffle bike @1pm, Raffle for 1948 Panhead @2pm, door prizes, food trucks. FMI, 828-9266266. NOV 20 PRE-BLACK FRIDAY PARTY Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 11am2pm, raffles, food & free drinks. www. fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200. NOV 20 BRUNSWICK CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE 1ST ANNUAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS RIDE Beach House HarleyDavidson, 100 Harley-Davidson Dr., Shallotte, NC. Reg 9:30am, KSU 11am, $20/per rider, $10/passenger, escorted ride. Food, 50/50, FMI Deputy Rebecca Allen 910-253-2788, Deputy Michael Ritch 910-363-7735, Somer Milliken 910575-9997. NOV 20 1ST ANNUAL PICKENS COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS TOY RUN Greenville Pickens Speedway, 3800 Calhoun Memorial Hwy., Easley, SC. Line up @11:30am, KSU 1pm, bring unwrapped toys. Food, live music & more. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org NOV 21 33RD ANNUAL WAYNE CO. MOTORCYCLE RIDERS TOY RUN Berkeley Mall, 625 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, NC. Reg 12pm, KSU 2pm, one toy per bike. Benefits Wayne Uplift, Boys & Girls Club, & local families. Party to follow. FMI, Forrest Tanner Jr 919-2737249, Post 11 919-734-0407.
NOV 21 CVMA NC 15-4 SOHO POKER RUN Beach House Harley-Davidson, 100 Harley Davidson Dr., Shallotte, NC. Reg 10am, last bike out 12:15pm, $20/ rider, $10/passenger, $5/extra hand, $1/ extra draw. 50/50, raffle, best/worst hand @3:30pm. FMI, email@example.com
NOV 28 BEACH HOUSE HARLEYDAVIDSON 12TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS 100 Harley-Davidson Dr., Shallotte, NC. Reg 9am, KSU 12pm, escorted ride, bring a new unwrapped toy or cash donation. Food after ride. FMI, 910-5759997.
NOV 24 THANKSGIVING EVE CHICKEN STEW Double D Burnout Saloon 1408 East Mountain St., Kernersville, NC Chicken stew, Live music.
NOV 28 THE 35TH ANNUAL RUN Bikers of Gaston Co. Original Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride, Erwin Community Center, 913 N Pryor St., Gastonia, NC. 1pm, rain or shine, police escorted, bring a new unwrapped toy. Food avail. Benefits needy kids in Gaston Co & surrounding areas. FMI, Jasper Porter 704-864-7656, Stephon Pope 704-606-0990, Gerald Tate 704-867-0029.
NOV 24 NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING PARTY Xtreme Wings N Things, 3441 Myer Lee Dr., Winston-Salem, NC. Doors open @5pm. 336-293-4983. NOV 26 SMOKEY’S BIRTHDAY & THANKSGIVING BASH 8160 Depot St., Rural Hall, NC. 336-642-0080 NOV 26 BLACK FRIDAY EVENT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 10am-4pm, light appetizers & drinks. www.fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200. NOV 27 SPIN TO WIN Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy rd., Fayetteville, NC. 11am-3pm, food truck, free beer 12-3pm. www.fortbraggharley. com, 910-864-1200. NOV 27 2021 POLK COUNTY TOY RUN Fire Department,199 Walnut St., Saluda, NC. Rain or shine, first bike in @11am, parade starts @2pm. $10/donation or a new $10 toy donation. BBQ lunch, door prizes, 50/50, Santa Claus. Benefits the children of Polk Co. FMI, Barry Gee 828-817-3084, Polk Co Sheriff’s Office 828-722-5226, Polk DSS 828-722-5207. NOV 27 29TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE KENNEDY CHILDREN’S HOME Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, NC. Staging begins @9:30am, KSU 12pm, $20/rider, $10/passenger, can also donate online www.khtoyrun. org Food, prizes, 50/50, live music. FMI, 252-633-4060.
NOV 28 44TH ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY ABATE TOY RUN Geno’s 1003 Red Bank Rd., Goose Creek, SC. Reg 11am, KSU 1pm, police escorted ride, $10/donation or a gift of equal value for boy or girl. Live music, vendors, food, & Santa Claus will be there. FMI, Dick Wiggins, 843-696-1037 or Wiggy 843-826-6101. NOV 28 41ST ANNUAL JACK HURLEY ANDERSON TOY PARADE White Jones Hardware & Sporting Goods, 128 E. Shockley Ferry Rd., Anderson, SC. 2pm, donate a new toy for a child 10 and under. In memory of Charles & Diane Bolt. Rain or shine. FMI, Johnny Cole, 864-965-8715. DEC 3 FORGOTTEN SONS MC OPEN HOUSE 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., WinstonSalem, NC. 7pm-?, cold beverages avail, games, join the party, tickets avail for shockwave shot gun raffle. DEC 4 HIS LABORING FEW TOY RUN Two starting locations, Preacher Steve’s Leather, 4470 Old Hwy 29, Thomasville, NC, KSU 1pm. Mac’s Speed Shop, 1218 Battleground Rd., Greensboro, NC, KSU 12:00pm. Bring a new unwrapped toy or cash. Food, door prizes, 50/50. After ride @Joymongers, 576 N Eugene St., Greensboro, NC. Live music, will be collecting more unwrapped toys. FMI, David 910-664-0117 or Pat 980-296-9605.
DEC 4 31ST ANNUAL TOY RUN The Wizard Saloon, 651 21st Street NE, Hickory, NC. Reg 10am, Parade leaves @12:15pm, rain or shine, make donations payable to Conover School, shirts avail. FMI, 828-327-8555. DEC 4 GUILFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHRISTMAS TOY RUN Summerfield Fire Department Station 9, 7400 Summerfield Rd., Summerfield, NC. Reg 10am, KSU 11am, bring a new, unwrapped toy or $20. First 100 to reg receive a free t-shirt. DEC 4 BIKER TRASH NATION TOY RUN Biker Trash Nation, Pine Tree Tavern, 3880 Bethania Station Rd., Winston-Salem, NC. Reg 11:30am, KSU 1pm. $15/single, $20/double or new unwrapped toy or bicycle. DEC 4 PICTURES WITH SANTA Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 11am-3pm, bring an unwrapped toy or monetary donation & get a picture with Santa. www. fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200. DEC 4 BATCHELORS 28TH ANNUAL TOY RUN Webbs Mill, 9245 Webbs Mill Rd, Spring Hope, NC. Rain or shine, KSU 1pm, bring a toy, donations accepted. Food, 50/50. Cash proceeds go to Tar River Christian Family Ministries Toy Store. FMI, Charlie 252-908-1986, Josh 252-478-5341, Steve 252-478-3345. DEC 5 35TH ANNUAL RANDOLPH CO CBA TOY RUN Randolph Mall parking lot, 345 Randolph Mall, Asheboro, NC. Reg 10am, KSU 1:30pm, bring a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation. Give away, shirts. Benefits Mills Children’s Home. FMI, Gena 336-963-3438. DEC 5 29TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS RIDE Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson, 6620 Market St., Wilmington, NC. KSU 12pm, escorted ride, bring a new, unwrapped toy. Pls no cars or Slingshots on ride. Food after ride. FMI, 910-791-9997.
DEC 6 CHARLOTTE CBA & US MARINE CORPS TOYS FOR TOTS RUN Bojangles Coliseum 2700 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC. Reg 11am KSU 1pm, bring a new unwrapped toy, escorted ride CharlotteCBA.org. DEC 8 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com DEC 11 FORGOTTEN SONS MC UGLY SWEATER PARTY 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., Winston-Salem, NC. 7pm, $5/entry, 1st-3rd place prizes, door prizes, giveaways, snacks, shotgun raffle. FMI, Sloth 336-970-3672. DEC 11 BUB’S RIDE TOY DRIVE STE Powersports, 1426 Northside Dr., Statesville, NC. 10am-1pm, bring a toy for starting location & ending location at Blue Collar Cycle Co. Food after ride, all are welcome. DEC 11 UGLY SWEATER DAY Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 12-3pm, wear your ugly sweater and be entered for your chance to win; free beer. www. fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200. DEC 16 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com DEC 18 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. 10am12pm, free breakfast while supplies last. www.fortbraggharley.com, 910-864-1200.
--- 2022 --JAN 7 FORGOTTEN SONS MC OPEN HOUSE 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., WinstonSalem, NC. 7pm-?, cold beverages avail, games, join the party. JAN 12 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com
JAN 27 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com FEB 4 FORGOTTEN SONS MC OPEN HOUSE 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., WinstonSalem, NC. 7pm-?, cold beverages avail, games, join the party. FEB 9 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com FEB 12 THE CAROLINAS’ FULL THROTTLE MAGAZINE 23RD ATTEMPT ALMOST A TRADITION PRE-DAYTONA OYSTER ROAST & VALENTINES DAY PARTY Double D Burnout Saloon, 1408 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC. Free Oysters, Event T-Shirts, Raffles, Beer Games, Bike Games & More. 336-8855400
APR 16 – 24 20TH ANNIVERSARY OUTER BANKS BIKE WEEK Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine Bike Show, Ms Outer Banks Bike Week contest, guided tours, live music, vendors, contests. www.outerbankshd.com 252-338-8866 APR 20-23 OUTER BANKS BIKE RALLY Vertigo Tattoo, 7594 Shipyard Rd., Manns Harbor, NC. Food, beer, live music, $1,000 poker run, $1,000 bikini contest, old school biker games, dyno machine, 50/50’s, raffles, vendors. Benefits Dare Co. Motorsports Charity Group. 252-475-3541. APR 28 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com
FEB 24 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com MAR 4 FORGOTTEN SONS MC OPEN HOUSE 110 Griffith Plaza Dr., WinstonSalem, NC. 7pm-?, cold beverages avail, games, join the party. MAR 9 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com MAR 24 BAYSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 2211 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. 5-8pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.baysidehd.com APR 13 OUTER BANKS HARLEYDAVIDSON BIKE NIGHT 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. 4-7pm, free lite bites, soda & beer, raffles, vendors, live music, test rides. www.outerbankshd. com
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The Original Cox’s Harley-Davidson 60th Anniversary Party By Lincoln Infield hen you have the momentum of
60 years behind you, even mother nature respects you enough to dry up long enough for you to celebrate. October 9th, that’s exactly what occurred for the culmination of a year long party to celebrate the 6 decades of service provided by 3 generations of Cox’s at the original Asheboro Harley-Davidson Dealership. The forecast called for a high percentage of rain and although it was overcast early, the event stayed dry, and the riders were the only thing pouring into the parking lot. The day began with the Motorcycles For Mammograms Annual Ride & Benefit that gave 100% of proceeds to benefit the Randolph Health Mammogram Fund. Ride organizer, Joy Hicks took to the stage to talk about the ride along with Cox’s H-D GM Stephen Cox who got the day’s opening ceremony started. Once the announcements were made, a fantastic rendition of the national anthem was sung and that cued the rumble of the engines of the dozens of bikes taking off on the ride. Cox’s parking lot was jammed with vendors and food trucks. Pin stripper, axe throwing, and the Karney Law Firm were among the attractions that bordered the huge sound stage by the driveway entrance. The showroom was bustling as well. Cox’s Harley-Davidson always has a great selection of new and pre-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles, MotorClothes apparel and anything else you need for you or your ride. They
also had two 2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S models on the floor. I had to take a few minutes to take in the newest HarleyDavidson to come out of Milwaukee. Corey Lutegen and the Traveling Blues Band kicked off the concert portion of the day and kept the crowd entertained. I’ve seen Corey and his band play on a few occasions, and they always rock the house. The Rock 92 tent was near the center of the parking lot and had a line of P1 listeners hanging around, spinning the prize wheel and chatting with the local celebrity DJ’s. Chris and Chris took the stage at set break to give away a 2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard. The 65 unlucky numbers that were called left 10 lucky numbers in the hopper and eligible to win the bike. Anticipation mounted as each remaining contestant took a turn entering a combination into the lock box containing the keys to their would be prize. Incredibly, the second to last contestant entered the correct combination and won the bike. Talk about suspense! “Driver Johnny” from High Point, NC was the lucky dog this year and couldn’t be any happier about his prize! It had already been a great day when Country Legend, Kenny Kershaw took the stage to bring the party
home. The crowd around the stage danced and sang along with this long-time country hit maker. The Original Cox’s Harley-Davidson of Asheboro put on one heck of an event to cap off their yearlong 60th Anniversary celebration. Huge congratulations to Stephen Cox and his family and staff for carrying this tradition into a new decade. This is certainly not the last big deal of the year for Cox’s Harley-Davidson of Asheboro. Make sure you keep your eyes on the Cruisin’ Calendar and their ad for the upcoming holiday deals and events.
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American Flat Track Returns To Charlotte American Flat Track.com News Photos By: Alan Dockery n epic Progressive American Flat Track season finale was all but guaranteed with the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle title on the line. Even still, the Honda Charlotte Half-Mile at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, proved more dramatic than anyone could have possibly foreseen. After the checkered flag dropped and a season’s worth of points were stacked up, the legendary Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) completed his two-year climb to reclaim the Grand National Championship. Following 15-and-one-half rounds, a titanic Grand National Championship fight took a fateful turn in the blink of an eye. Two-time defending Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle king Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) shook free from an early dogfight with Mees to stretch out several bike lengths at the front. The two title contenders would spend the next several minutes in a game of cat-and-mouse, with Bauman managing a gap of just under a second despite Mees’ desperate attempt to eat away at the advantage. If Bauman held that lead to the checkered flag, he was set to become just the sixth rider in history to win three consecutive Grand National Championships. But that dream became a nightmare when he got loose in the wet section and his machine stood up underneath him. After nearly pulling off a miraculous save, Bauman ultimately clipped a hay bale and was sent over the bars. His bike then skittered directly into the path of podium contender Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750), who had nowhere to go and was sent high into the air in a dramatic crash. After some time, Bauman was able to return to his feet while Halbert was unfortunately unable to continue the race and was transported to be evaluated for injury. Further proving his worthiness as a champion, Bauman mounted his back-up machine and lined up at the back of the grid for the restart with five minutes plus two laps remaining to decide the title. Unfortunately, his battered body was unable to match his bravery, and after a short stint, Bauman was forced to retire into the pits. While the title was effectively decided at that point, the race was not. JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) stepped forward to provide Mees a fierce fight for the win. As the time ticked away, the two were slowly reeled in
by Davis Fisher (No. 67 BMC Racing/Dick Wall 60 Indian FTR750) and Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), who turned it into a four-way scrap as the clock hit 0:00. With two to go, Beach took his shot, which was skillfully brushed away by Mees. Fisher, however, took advantage of their tussle, slipping under Beach and then lining up Mees in the year’s final corner. He got underneath the champion-to-be and powered past him as they sprinted to the checkered flag. The paddock erupted as Fisher hit the stripe 0.114 seconds ahead of Mees to claim his maiden premier class victory. Beach held on for third, followed by Vanderkooi and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) to complete the top five. Fisher said, “Oh man, it was a fight. All season long was a grind, just to stay fit and keep working on the bikes all week long. It feels so good. I even had thoughts to not even come to Charlotte this year. We loaded up the van and left the trailer at home and made the trip. This morning my sponsor said he was glad we came and asked me if I was glad too. I said, ‘I don’t know -- I’ll tell you tonight!’ It feels so good. I’ve got 41 hours to think about it on the way home.” Future Hall of Famer Mees now boasts the ‘12, ‘14, ‘15, ‘17, ‘18, and ‘21 Grand National Championships, along with the 2009 and 2011 GNC1 Twins Championships and the 2012 GNC1 Singles Championship. He said, “I hand it to Briar. He’s definitely one of the toughest competitors -- if not the toughest competitor -- I’ve ever dealt with.
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“The famous saying is you win ‘em any way you can. I don’t know... the hype isn’t there at this very second... but to win these things you have to cross the finish line. Man, he made me step up my game these past few years -- there’s no doubt about that. He’s one tough competitor. We had a little ‘bro-out’ moment back there, and I told him, ‘Hey, you’re gonna heal up and the battle will resume next year.’” AFT Singles The AFT Singles finale played out about as tensely as possible considering the situation at hand, but in the end, Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) did exactly what he needed to in order to become the class’ first-ever back-to-back champion. With a 20-point gap separating Daniels from second-ranked Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SXFFE), the only way Daniels wouldn’t hold onto the #1 plate was if Whale won and Daniels finished lower than 13th. While that seemed like an unlikely prospect in theory, it felt a whole lot more realistic once the rubber actually hit the dirt. As the deciding race took shape, Whale put himself up front in an intense battle with Kody Kopp (No. 143 Smartop/Jones Honda/Latus Motors CRF450R) while Daniels cautiously circulated down in 12th on a tricky course that repeatedly demonstrated the capacity to catch riders out without notice. Adding to the tension, the race was red-flagged late following a Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F) crash. That forced Daniels to navigate the close quarters of a restart, but he actually made up ground in the process, getting away well to slot into a safe sixth. Whale did all he could, slashing past Kopp to claim his class-leading fifth win of the year. Just behind, Trent Lowe (No. 48 WBR/Suzuki Motor of America RM-Z450) pulled off a spectacular late strike to ace Honda teammates Cole Zabala (No. 51 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and Trevor Brunner (No. 21 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in order to pick up his first podium of ‘21 in his very final attempt. And then came Daniels, who rolled across the line in sixth to successfully complete his championship defense. An emotional Daniels fought back the tears as he said, “This championship has been tough -- a lot of ups and downs this season. I can’t thank my team enough. It’s been a hard season and these guys stuck behind me. To make history like this is awesome. It was tough tonight because the track was treacherous. It just means the world to me.” Race winner and championship runner-up Whale said, “It’s really satisfying. You’re only as good as your last race. You know, it’s awesome to get the win, and I’m super pumped. The team and I worked so hard today. But I’m also bummed because I really wanted to win the championship this year. But that’s how it goes really -- it’s motorcycle racing. Congrats to the whole Estenson team and Dallas -- he rode great all year.”
AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines The late-season transition of Jesse Janisch (No. 96 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) from the couch to AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines podium contention ended on the top step of the box. Once regarded primarily as a 450cc TT ace, Janisch proved he more than belonged on a twin after being drafted to sub for the injured Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Cycles/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R). With finishes of second, third, third, and fourth to his name in limited duty, Janisch put the cherry on top with a narrow victory in the finale over Ben Lowe (No. 25 Vance & Hines/Mission Roof Systems HarleyDavidson XG750R). Janisch said, “It’s insane, right? I didn’t expect it. Honestly, I don’t think anyone really expected it. It’s such an honor to get a chance with such a prestigious team. Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, they’ve got the XG750R working amazingly. Like I’ve said before, I think it’s the best bike in the class. And to just get the opportunity is unreal.” With the class crown already decided in favor of Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing MT-07), Chad Cose (No. 49 Vance & Hines/Ranger/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) and Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/ Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) came into Charlotte set to decide the championship runner-up between them. Cose was the race’s early leader and Bromley joined Cose, Janisch, and Lowe in a mid-race tilt for first place. Cose ultimately faded to seventh while Bromley rounded out the podium, but the differential still wasn’t quite enough for Bromley to catch Cose for runner-up honors. Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT) hustled the Royal Enfield to fourth. Meanwhile, class champ Texter added one final top five to a championship-winning season that tallied up seven wins, 11 podiums, and 13 top-fives in 16 races.
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B.A.N.C.’s 10TH Anniversary Tim Diffin “Riding With Angels” Memorial Run By: Mickey Carter he Bikers And Needy Children Foundation’s (B.A.N.C.) 10th Anniversary Tim Diffin “Riding With Angels” Memorial Run was held on Sept 25th at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson. Always the last Saturday in September. All funds raised go to help buy Christmas for the needy foster children in Cumberland County, NC. This year’s event was co-hosted by Fort Bragg H-D who provided free food & drinks, a customary practice for the local Harley dealer. Entertainment was provided by “Life of the Party Entertainment” D.J. Service who provided music all day. Children who attended were entertained with a bouncy house provided by “Bounce and Pounce All Day” Bouncy Houses.
Stops on the run were Corner Pockets Pool & Billiards, Louie’s Bar, and FUBAR which took approximately 3 hours total. The ride was led by Jimmy Laru and coordinated by J.R. Martin. Both did a fabulous job (smooth as butter) and are greatly appreciated. At the end of the run, Rob Bergen held the high hand & Ted Hammond held the low hand. In all of Rob’s days riding, and it’s been decades, he said it was his first time ever to win! Immediately following the run, the raffle, and auction started and there was much fun and many, many items! During the raffle/auction the 50/50 ticket was drawn and won by Ballash Wood Works, a local and veteran owned business. The owner donated the money back to help the foster children! Kudos to Kurt and Ballash Wood Works! Event tees were sponsored by The B.A.N.C. Foundation, Corner Pockets, Donnie Wheeler Transmission Services, Accurrance Insurance, and the infamous Diffin Brothers Cycles! I might add there were only 6 left which sold the next day! The event was a success bringing in $3,621 at the time this was written. Thanks to all who volunteered, sponsored, & supported. See you next year on the last Saturday in September.
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The Motorcycle Cannonball - Spartanburg Stop By: Wally Wersching he Motorcycle Cannonball Run is an endurance run started in 2010 for motorcycles built in the early days of motorcycling. Many of them look like a pedal bicycle with a motor attached. The run crosses the United States continent either from coast to coast, or border to border. In September of 2010, the Cannonball founder, Lonnie Isam Jr., and a group of riders started from Kitty Hawk, NC, and rode across the country to the Pacific Ocean. It was decided to hold the run again every two years and have different routes across the country. In 2012, a larger group of riders rode from Newburg, New York to San Francisco, CA. In 2014, an even larger group of riders left from Daytona, Florida, and rode all the way to Tacoma, Washington. In 2016, the route was from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Carlsbad, California. In 2017, Lonnie Isam Jr. passed away from cancer, and passed the run over to his friend and business partner, Jason Sims. In 2018, riders navigated the northern states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. There was no Cannonball Run in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2021, the route was from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to South Padre Island, Texas and included a local stop in Spartanburg, SC. There are many classes of competition depending on the year the motorcycle was built, and number and size of the cylinders. There are strict rules governing the bikes. They must look original with no GPS of any kind. They must be street legal with lights for night riding. They are recommended to have safety equipment like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flashlight, and a tool kit. Many bikes break down during the run and have to be repaired on the spot by the rider and their team. Many bikes are entered with a team for support – to repair the bike at night so the rider can have a safe and productive day ahead. In 2021, 87 riders started the run in Sault Ste Marie on September 9th. Some fall out every day until the end, September 26th in South Padre Island, Texas. There’s no cash prize for the Cannonball winner, you do it for the fun and the challenge, to show off your bike and to say that you did it. The winner sometimes gets a nice bronze statue at the after-race banquet, but the real prize is the bragging rights. When the 2021 Cannonball Run route was charted, everyone in the Spartanburg area was anxiously waiting for September 16th but there was no location specified for the overnight stop. Members of the AMCA Legends Chapter and the owner of the Wicked Wrench Motorcycle Company contacted the Cannonball Run and volunteered the Wicked Wrench facilities
for a stop on the run. Then, it was decided that the run would stop at the Wicked Wrench in Spartanburg where they would be served a delicious Southern meal, have a safe place to park the bikes, and enjoy a live band before heading to the hotel for the evening. On September 16th, it was raining most of the morning, and into the afternoon. The bikes from the Cannonball were expected at the Wicked Wrench at around 4:00PM – by then the skies had cleared somewhat. The riders had no problem finding the Wicked Wrench because it was laid out on their daily route that they receive every morning before they leave the hotel. By 4:30pm, the Wicked Wrench lot was full of motorcycles built before 1930, and their riders talking and laughing about the day’s ride. Some of the bikes needed a little maintenance, and the mechanics at Wicked Wrench helped where they could. Specta-
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tors gathered around the bikes taking pictures and talking to the riders. Dinner was served by the ladies of the Legends Chapter of the AMCA inside the large Wicked Wrench building, and all the riders loved the hot food after a hard day on the road. At about 6:00PM, the band “Moonshine and Mayhem” rocked the outside stage. Soon, the bikers started heading to their hotel, but the parking lot didn’t empty until about 10:00pm. Everybody stayed around not wanting the event to end. One man needed a lot of help to get his bike back on the road again. He had spun a bearing. The mechanics at Wicked Wrench stayed until the small hours of the morning until the bike was repaired and running again. It was one of those events where the memory of it will last a long time. People will be talking about it whenever local bikers get together. We owe a special thanks to the members of the Legends Chapter of the AMCA and the owner of Wicked Wrench for a very interesting and entertaining afternoon.
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5th Annual Haunted Hills Ride
By: Pam Irvin
Fifth Annual Haunted Hills Ride hosted by the Combat Veterans Association Chapter 15-7 in Black Mountain, NC took place Saturday October 9th. This event is open to all, not just Combat Vets, and not just bikers. All money raised goes to support local Veterans and Veteran organizations in the community. The day started at Harley Davidson of Asheville. Registration began at 10 am. The Ryan Perry Band, who donated their time for the day, was set up playing some awesome music during registration time. There were merchandise tables set up with shirts, mugs, 50/50, and raffle tickets. The big raffle item this year was a Sig Sauer .308 sniper rifle that was donated. There were about 75 bikes registered and some jeeps from WNC Jeepers attending as well. KSU was at 12 pm. The riders were separated into smaller groups due to the curviness of the ride ahead and each group was led by a member of the Combat Vets. There were also maps available for those that chose not to ride with the groups. They had the option to ride the route on their own. he
The ride was gorgeous. October is the time you want to ride in the mountains. The groups were led from Asheville HD in Swannanoa to Hwy 74-A toward Chimney Rock/Bat Cave. They continued on Hwy 9 back to Black Mountain and to the Black Mountain Moose Lodge. The curves on these roads are absolutely awesome if you are a lover of curves. The leaves were starting to change making it look like a freshly painted canvas over the roads. When riders entered the Moose Lodge parking lot, they were greeted by one of the CVMA members, who was a skeleton bagpiper and selling handmade skulls! He was dressed in a kilt, with a skeleton outfit underneath, a skeleton mask, the hat, the whole shebang. There was a food truck serving smoked chicken, cowboy beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, rolls and deserts. This was included with the registration. If you left hungry, it was your own fault. The food was delicious. Inside the Moose lodge, was music and stories provided by Brian Walsh, live auctions and raffles for everyone to participate. There were some great items donated by local businesses that were given away and auctioned off. The bar was open serving up all the drinks as well. It was a beautiful day and an awesome time. Bikers came from all over NC, some from SC, VA and TN also attended. It is definitely worth the drive to come support this good cause and ride the beautiful mountain roads. This event is always the second Saturday in October, so next year make sure you mark your calendars to attend and support your Veteran community.
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28th Annual Bronson Memorial Run
Story by Alan Dockery Photo by Jill Morrow Cline and Alan Dockery in’t nothin’ finer than a fall ride in the foothills of North Carolina. Beautiful weather forecast brought lots of riders out for the 28th Annual Bronson Memorial Run. Hosted by the Hickory Riding Club, this popular ride benefits the local Carolina Caring Hospice. It’s also a memorial ride for old friends. The back of the T-shirt, some years, lists brothers who ain’t riding with us anymore. That list grows over the years. But so does the number of their descendants who come out for the Bronson Run. The Bronson Run is usually the end of September when the weather is great for riding and hanging out with biker buddies. It’s kinda like an Old Bikers Reunion for some folks. Sign in at John’s Tavern, Old Lenoir Rd in Hickory, meant lots of hand shaking and hugging and checking out bikes. Y’all, know I dig antique motorcycles, but to me the coolest of the day were a few Dynas. Flygirl rode her dad’s bike on the Bronson Run. The blue color and chrome and layout of that machine is about perfect. Mickey rode that Evo Dyna Mountain Road Bike in. Yes, I ain’t praised many Evo Dynas. Wow I like that machine. And Tim had his nice Dyna WideGlide out. Yes, the cool old Shovelheads and Pans and Ironheads were out to suck up some cool dry air and turn gasoline into smiles. John’s Shnuckle Head sounds good when it rolls in. As pretty as Barry’s FXR is, I know it started as an FXRT that I would love to have stock original. Excuse my sexiness, but the cool fall air meant the ladies were looking pretty in their leathers that Saturday. Everybody looked pretty and smiling and happy to be out riding on such a nice day and having fun. I saw some wearing the first year Bronson shirts. Pretty fall weather meant lots of bikes on the run. The Hickory Riding Club laid out a relaxing ride around the foothills and down by Lake Norman. Then stop at the Newton VFW for another dice roll and cold PBR before heading across town to the clubhouse.
Back at the clubhouse, folks made their last dice roll and settled down for a cold drink and food. As usual, Jack cooked up some great dinner. I love grilled chicken. Those stuffed peppers made folks go back for more. They were all gone. I didn’t count bikes, but there were hundreds of folks at the end of the ride. The Hickory Riding Club has an awesome piece of very private property and welcomes folks to camp out the night before the poker run. Bring your musical instruments and join the pickin’ party at the clubhouse. Yes, camping and jamming on the front porch on a Friday night. With everyone fed and settled, they got down to finishing the run and starting the party. Shucks the Band Doesn’t Madder was already set up on the deck. But first there were a whole bunch of door prizes to give away as the day wound down. Some really cool items were auctioned off too like the custom-made Harley bench and some expensive booze. Amanda won the highest dice roll and Ralph was the loser. Several times as the sun lowered behind the trees, Smitty and Zac fired a couple Cannons from the War of Northern Aggression. They looked and sounded cool in the daylight, but as it got dark and the flames became visible, the too cool factor went up. I got video too. Smitty and Zac are members of the Old North State Flaggers and often fire these cannons and a mortar for ceremonies. But the Bronson Run is about raising money for Hospice. From the first of the year when I was doing shooting matches and folks started donating to this run, to raffles and other fund raisers during the summer, local Hickory-area Bikers raised a record amount for the 28th Bronson Run. The club presented Carolina Caring Hospice in Hickory with $12,600. “We raised $12,600 for Hospice today from the dice roll and auction items,” Gonzo said. “Thanks to everyone who helped and those who rode that day. Big thanks to everyone who dug deep to contribute to Carolina Caring Hospice.” The Hickory Riding Club has a really cool, old-fashioned place out of town where bikers can have fun. I am proud of the club and friends who came out to benefit hospice that day.
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Photos & Story By Roger Grinold aturday September 25th was a perfect fall riding day with the temperature around 70 degrees and Carolina blue sky. As I rode into Riding High Harley-Davidson in High Point for the Greensboro Police Department’s Chief’s Ride for Charity, which supports Communities in Schools for Greater Greensboro. The lot was filling up with all kinds of bikes. The guy in front of me, Larry as I recall, had a brand-new Street Glide with a tag from Alaska on it. There was also a turbo charged Harley, crotch rockets, Indians, and trikes. As we headed out at 11 am, we had a full police escort which took us through, northern Guilford County, Colfax, Oak Ridge, and Summerfield. Then back to the dealership for a complimentary lunch which was hot dogs and chips. What a great way to spend a Saturday. It’s always nice to see some old friends and to meet some new ones. There was a total of 95 registered bikes, not including fifteen or so law enforcement bikes and other support vehicles. I want to give a big shout out to Greensboro PD, Guilford County Sheriff’s and Winston-Salem PD, for a perfect escorted ride, and to the gang at Riding High Harley–Davidson for hosting the event.
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28TH Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Ride
Lineup Ready To Leave Cherokee
By: Pam Irvin
Friday September 17th my husband and I set out on what turned out to be the most amazing, humbling, somber experience I have had during my motorcycle journey. I learned so much and gained a new perspective about our history and our heritage. The Alabama-Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Association had invited us along for the 28th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Ride. Their advertisement, “It’s more than just a ride, it’s an experience” is an understatement. The group started doing this ride to commemorate the event in our history known as the “Trail of Tears”. Between 1830 and 1850, over 100,000 Native Americans were forced by the United States Government to relocate. Members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations (including thousands of their black slaves) were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern United States to areas to the west of the Mississippi River that had been designated “Indian Territory”. We met the group in Cherokee, NC Friday morning for breakfast then gathered for a short ceremony before setting out. There were about 30 motorcycles that were escorted out of Cherokee by the Cherokee Tribal Police. The group continued on through the Nantahala Gorge, Andrews, Murphy, then into Tennessee to our next destination, Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, TN. I didn’t realize when we started that the route they had planned, and the stops all had significance to the Trail of Tears. Ross’s Landing is named after John Ross, a principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Most of the groups that were forced from their homes during the removal were transported by steamboats and barges. However, the final group in the Fall of 1838 was forced to walk the route due to low water levels in the river. One of the members of this group was Ross’s wife. Generally, at Ross’s Landing, the group of motorcyclists grows to several hundred. This year the weather prohibited many from being able to attend and only a few joined our group. From Ross’s landing, we continued our journey to our next destination, which was Bridgeport, AL. n
As we were escorted into Bridgeport, we were greeted by residents standing in their yards waving. The town had banners on the light poles, “Bridgeport Welcomes Trail of Tears”. I was amazed, but it got better. As we progressed into town the streets were blocked off for us, there was a huge banner across the road welcoming us, a band was playing, and hundreds of other motorcyclists were there waiting for us. Friday was the opening ceremony of the celebration. They had vendors set up with some of the best BBQ you can find. One of the coolest people we met was Barney Fife. Well not actually Barney, but Andy Woods, a Barney Fife impersonator. I had been told about him by members of the group we were traveling with. Usually when you meet an impersonator, they might resemble the person, or have some of the same outfits. Not this guy. I thought Barney (Don Knotts) had faked his death and hid out in Alabama. Andy looks, sounds, acts like Barney. He has the uniform, the car and even the bullet in his pocket. I asked him if he had his bullet and with a surprised look, like are you crazy lady, unbuttoned his left front pocket, pulled the bullet out and said, “Well of course, you never know when I might need it.” More about Barney later. After enjoying the festivities of the opening ceremonies, food, music and fireworks, we went to our hotel for the evening. Rain was forecast for Saturday which was the main part of the Trail of Tears Commemorative ride. I went back and forth with the decision as to wear my rain gear. I went against my gut feeling and did not wear it. On our way from the hotel back to Bridgeport that morning, I saw it coming. If you are reading this, chances are, you are a biker and you know that feeling when you see torrential downpour ahead and there’s nothing you can do about it but hunker down, hang on and get through it. By the time we got to Bridgeport, we were soaked. There was no use putting on rain gear at that point. While feeling miserable and wishing I had worn it, it hit me. The families that were removed from their homes forcibly, left with nothing. They were not allowed to take any personal items. They did not have rain gear. This made the experience even more special to me. I am glad it worked out that way for me and I was able to experience all the elements that my ancestors did during the removal.
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Bridgeport Welcomes The Trail Of Tears Riders There were about 2500 bikes that morning in Bridgeport which is the official starting point of the commemorative ride. We were greeted again by “Barney” who gave the Alabama State Troopers their orders for the day. Check out The Carolinas Full Throttle Magazine Facebook page for a video! Barney, along with the troopers escorted us out of Bridgeport to just before Huntsville where the Alabama State Troopers took over. In years past the line of bikes parading along US 72 has been over 50 miles long. There have been over 150,000 bikes. This year due to the weather it was measurably less, but still impressive to me. The number of motorcyclists that come out to support and honor those that suffered during that tragic time was amazing. US 72 follows the Tennessee river across Northern Alabama which is close to the route that the Natives had to walk during their journey to the “Indian Territories”. On the organization’s website, AL-TN-TrailOfTears.net, they describe the route “The route we ride on the 3rd Saturday of each September follows the general route that the peoples of the five tribes followed across northern Alabama. the route from Bridgeport to Waterloo has been designated as the official Trail of Tears route for this part of their journey because of the strong historical relevance it has to the trail”. The parade stopped for lunch at Redstone Harley-Davidson in Huntsville. Again, we were welcomed with a huge celebration. There were vendors, food trucks, a band and thousands of bikers. It was awesome. We had a chance to go inside and dry off a little because the rain hadn’t stopped all day. Still no rain gear for me. I was committed by this point to tough it out. After a couple of hours here we departed for Waterloo, AL which is where the removed groups met to continue their journey to Oklahoma. Waterloo is a small town with a population of about 200. Along the route, we again saw residents out in the rain in their yards, waiting for us to pass. Some were actually tailgating with their families. I later found out that this is anticipated by the communities every year and they go all out waiting for the riders to pass by. It was amazing. We saw
kids out playing in puddles in the yards. Church groups gathered outside churches. Some residents even had on their Native American attire to greet us. When we crossed over lakes, there were people in boats waiting, waving from their boats. Not knowing where I am and I am just enjoying the countryside, waving at the residents, I was shocked when we approached Waterloo. There were hundreds of people waiting for us lined up on the road to watch us enter the town. I couldn’t believe it. Later, I was told that this year was minimal compared to past years due to the rain. I can’t imagine and am looking forward to seeing it in the future. They had vendors, including Native American and biker, food, everything you could want. There was live music. Usually, there is a pow wow, which I was really looking forward to, but this year the dancers all left before we arrived due to the rain. For those that love to camp, there is a campground on the lake right across from the festivities. This was the end of the actual “Commemorative Ride”, but not the end for everyone. After time in Waterloo enjoying the rain and festivities, we went to a hotel in Florence, AL. It was good to get to the hotel and attempt to dry off. Several of the riders were also staying there. The hotel staff finally put towels by the registration desk for us because so many were dripping water in the lobby. The organization puts out a schedule of stops for the weekend which includes the entire trip before and after the commemorative ride. The next morning, the group gathered early and met others including our police escorts at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, AL. Tuscumbia is named after Chief Tuscumbia and in Spring Park there is a memorial in honor of Princess Im-Mi-Ah-Key, the wife of Chief Tuscumbia. The memorial is beautiful with a statue of the princess, a waterfall and a lake with benches all around. I will spare you the history lesson, but I had to read about the significance myself after visiting this memorial. Once everyone was gathered at Spring Park, our destination was Hot Springs, AR for the night. The group was down to 19 bikes at this point. We traveled through northern Mississippi, Memphis, TN, then to AR. We stopped for lunch at the Side Car Cafe next to Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Memphis. Bumpus HD bought lunch for the group. Here, we were met by the Shelby County Motorcycle Officers who escorted us through Memphis. They were awesome! They shut down traffic on Interstate 40 as we passed through Memphis and escorted us through. It was something to witness. There were no other vehicles on the interstate except the officers and our group of 19 motorcycles. After that, we traveled the backroads in Arkansas. For me it all seemed unreal. I never thought I would be taking such a journey on a motorcycle. We reached Hot Springs, AR for the night. Our hotel was on Lake Hamilton and was gorgeous. What a great place to unwind after a day of riding. Monday
At The Memorial Plaque For Allen Ward morning, we gathered early to set out to DeQueen, AR. Along the way, we met the Brothers Keepers MC who escorted us to DeQueen along with local police, fire and rescue personnel. In DeQueen, we had a Ceremony to dedicate a memorial plaque for Allen Ward who was a longtime Trail of Tears ride supporter. Mr. Ward’s granddaughter Casey was there for the ceremony along with the mayor and other town officials. The group then departed for lunch in Broken Bow, OK.
After lunch the group went their separate ways and back to their homes or on to their next destinations. I want to say again how amazing this experience was for me. Growing up in Western North Carolina near the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee Reservation, I thought I knew, but I didn’t know. I feel like in years to come it is my duty to continue this ride every year to honor those that suffered so much. Another thing I want to point out is the organization of the AL-TN Trail of Tears Corridor Association. There was no detail left out. From the escorts waiting at every town or county line to pick us up as we passed, to the significance of every stop. They obviously put a lot of work into the event every year. I look forward to participating in many more and I hope that all of you reading this will consider joining us next year. Remember, it’s always the third Saturday in September so you will have plenty of time to plan. Those of you close to Cherokee, NC, we will meet that Friday morning in Cherokee to start the journey. Keep an eye out in The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine next year and on their website for details as they develop.
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Cyclemania 2021 By: Wally Wersching n Saturday September 25th, from 11am to 3pm, the place to be, if you like vintage and unusual bikes, was Cyclemania at Gaston Motorcycle Werks in Gastonia, NC. Cyclemania is an annual motorcycle event that started small and grew to an amazing event. It’s a Saint Jude Children’s Hospital Fundraiser. In the days since the last event, the promoters had time to reflect after hearing requests for a more grassroots event. So, for 2021, there are now fewer categories, and no modern bikes in the competition. All entries must be 1988 or older. I arrived at the event at about 1:00pm, and parked “Miss Vickie” in the lot next to the show. The first thing I saw was a couple models getting their picture taken so I took their picture too. As I walked around, I walked over to look at an unusual bike. It was a 1972 Royal Enfield Diesel Bullet. I read about them but hadn’t seen one up close. This one had been modified to increase the engine size to 456cc and 13 hp. The word is still out as to how good the bike really is. Some love it, and others expect too much from it. Next, I visited the tent area. There were vendors selling many different things like laser cut motorcycle emblems, firearms, and food. The tent in the corner was one for “Mission 22”. I had been to a few fundraisers for “Mission 22” before. I talked with the Navy veteran behind the table for a while. “Mission 22” provides treatment programs to veterans for PostTraumatic Stress as twenty-two veterans die each and every day by suicide due to Traumatic Brain Injury, and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social
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impact, and awareness for these issues. “Mission 22” serves combat veterans, those injured in training who therefore could not deploy, and victims of Military Sexual Trauma. For more info, go to Mission22.com. I continued to walk around looking at the motorcycles. I saw a few familiar ones like the Honda CBX, a 6-cylinder monster. I rode one back in the day. It was awesome, and a little scary. The engine was so smooth and powerful - but very massive, and a little top-heavy. Then there was the water-cooled Suzuki two-stroke – the GT750. It had a three cylinder two-stroke engine. As with all big two strokes of the late 1970s, the GT750 was a victim of stricter emission regulations and competition from technical developments of four-stroke motorcycles. Today they are very rare to see outside of a museum. Another unusual one was the vertical-twin Indian Scout/Warrior from the early 1950’s. Indian created and built the vertical-twin in the USA in hopes to save the company, but poor quality and design actually brought the reliability of the Indian motorcycle down. It didn’t help the company – it definitely hurt it. This one was beautifully restored. It’s good to see a little history now and then. Another bike from my past was a blue Cushman Scooter. It was restored to like new condition. I remember riding one when I was young – but it didn’t look this good. They rode very rough and didn’t go very fast but it was still a lot of fun! I walked around again one more time and saw more unusual bikes. It’s always a great event. I left at about 2:00pm and headed home. I am already looking forward to attending next year.
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The Motolady’s Book Of Women Who Ride A Book Review
Written and curated by Alicia Mariah Elfving, founder of TheMotoLady.com and the Women’s Motorcycle Show, and arguably the most notable advocate for women in the motorcycling hobby, The MotoLady’s Book of Women Who Ride subverts all the tired womenand-motorcycle tropes, offering the true stories of the women past and present who ride and wrench as well as anyone, proving every bit as indispensable to maintaining and growing a positive motorcycling culture. Historically, depictions of women in motorcycle culture tend to objectify—from the outlaw motorcycle club “biker babe” to cheesecake photography to posturing celebrities with motorcycles as props. The truth is much different. From the early days of motorcycle culture more than 100 years ago, women have played a central role in making the motorcycle a legitimate form of transportation, recreation, and motorsport. Subtitled: Motorcycle Heroes, Trailblazers & Record – Breakers, this volume certainly will not disappoint. If you’ve been in the life, you are probably aware or have studied many of the trailblazer women, the history makers like the Van Buren sisters. Surely there will be the familiar names, like Gloria Tramontin Struck, Gevin Fax, and Vicki Gray, but Elfving
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Biker Trash Nation’s Camel City Bikefest 6.0
Wayne & Vandee Pinnix Undisputed Dad Bod Champion David Holland
By: Lincoln Infield n September 18th, Biker Trash Nation invaded Burke St. in Winston-Salem, NC for Camel City Bikefest 6.0. Burke Street was a new location, the party moved from Liberty Street due to road construction and uncertainty of its completion in time for the “Nation’s” yearly pilgrimage to party. Burke street proved to be a cool host street lined with crepe myrtle sidewalks in front of street front shops topped off at the corner with Gatsby’s Pub, who sponsored the stage power. The street has just enough bend in it to make it where you couldn’t see the other end of the party, so the excitement was always just around the bend. Yes, it was a great day, where Biker Trash Nation’s, Wayne Pinnix, iconic saying “Where You At?” wasn’t a necessary question during this triumphant return to downtown Winston-Salem. Vendors lined the streets as the rally kicked off the right way with the singing of the national anthem and was followed by a set performed by Dani Karr. She’s got an amazing voice and a heck of a stage presence. While she was playin, the bikes were pouring in. The goal was to fill the business parking lots before parking the street full to keep enough room for the walking party. It wasn’t long before that happened, and the vendors had their hands full. Back Yard Baggerz was set up in a parking lot about mid-way up Burke Street, taking entries for the sound and bike show sponsored by Baggerz Saloon, that would be taking place later in the afternoon. A slew of other vendors was set up including art, sunglasses, candles, custom motorcycle parts, shirts, and even motorcycles. Smokin’ Harley-Davidson is a major sponsor of the Camel City Bikefest, and they were set up at the top of the street with giveaways, motorcycle advice and they even brought a 2021 H-D PanAmerica to show off. Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group rounds out the top tier sponsors of the event and were set up near the stage with a trailer full of swag and their 2021 give away bike. The party got a shot in the arm musically when Xerxes came on stage and started belting out some rock classics and took the event to the midway point. it was now time for some BTN shenanigans. Wayne and the first lady, Vandee, had a panel of judges ready to judge the ‘Dad Bod’ competition. A hand full of “father figures” took to the stage in an effort to take home a handful of cash and a goody bag. It was obvious from the moment that the competition began that Baggerz
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Shauna Shinault Won The Camel City Queen 2021
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Saloon’s David Holland had already won, but the competition went on to be fair. Some pretty dadly competition was on display when David upstaged them with crocks, knee high socks, denim shorts and a wife beater complete with an orange Dorito stain! David’s dadly spirit implored him shared his bag of Doritos with the crowd as they cheered him on to victory. David donated his winnings to the upcoming BTN toy drive, but kept the amazing Nordic drinking helmet, that ultimately completed his dad bod motif. Next up was the Camel City Queen contest where online voting had decided the 3 finalists to be Ona Webber, Lindsay Markley, and Shauna Shinault. I gotta say that this competition was much, much easier on the eyes. Each potential queen came up and gave a fun fact about themselves before the crowd and judges deliberated on who would receive the crown. Although the competition was close, Shauna came out on top and snagged the title of the 1st Camel City Queen.
Huge congrats to both winners, I’m sure they will hold their titles in the highest regards. That completed the stage competitions, but the party was far from over. Next O Kin took the stage next and rocked the crowd. They were getting it on stage and incited a dance party in the streets. While they were rocking the top of the Burke Street, The Back Yard Baggers Sound competition and bike show was raging. One by one, bikes in different “weight classes” took their turns trying to rattle the chrome off the engine. The crowd loves this stuff and they piled in to cheer the competitors on. The Bike Show was lining the sound competition area and although there was some stiff competition, Cowboy took home first place with his custom show bike. Zack and Kristin from The Rebel Spirit whipped up an awesome custom bike show trophy for the Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine choice award and we lugged that trophy up and down Burke St. till we decided on awarding it to Don “Havoc” Shamel for his gorgeous 2006 Softail Deluxe. It wasn’t an easy choice as there were a ton of bikes to choose from, but that Deluxe just stayed at the top of the list. Camel City Bikefest 6.0 was a hell of a show. Wayne and Vandee demonstrated their ability to throw the biggest biker block party in the Carolinas year after year. These events aren’t easy to put together and it takes a lot of teamwork. Nobody knows that better than Wayne and he made sure to let everyone know his appreciation for Vandee’s support and hard work by surprising her with her own crown and “First Lady” sash on stage in front of the crowd. Well done, sir. While Camel City Bikefest is the big bash of the year, BTN is active year-round in the biker community and is currently working on their massive toy run. Check out the Full Throttle Cruisin’ Calendar for their upcoming events and be ready to have a blast.
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What Is God’s Love? No matter what you have done, God loves you. You can’t do anything that God won’t love and forgive you. God didn’t love you because you’re nice, have a lot of friends, or more money than you know what to do with. He didn’t choose you because you do more than anyone. Deuteronomy 7: 7-8, 7: The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in numbers than any other people, for you were the least of all people. 8: but because the Lord loved you and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh King of Egypt. God’s love for you depends on His goodness, not yours. And since He is totally good you are absolutely loved. You don’t have to win His love because He already loves you. And since you win, you surely can’t lose. He will always love you even if you step away from Him. John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We on the other hand, do wrong every day, we steal, lie, hurt others and take advantage of our family and friends. God’s answer to this is, anyone who’s life is not Holy will never see
the Lord. We depend more on earthly things, our cars to start all the time, run and not break down. Even think the lights come on every time we turn the switch. Don’t place your trust in others or anything. We need to believe in God and trust Him, not our friends and family, because they will let you down. Are you tired of the way your life is going? Do you want to spend eternity in Heaven, where there is no pain, sickness, headaches or worries? Say this: Father, I believe you love me, you gave your one and only Son so I can live forever with you, apart from you I die. With you, I live. I choose life, I choose you. Now say the Bikers Prayer (below, on this page) and live for Him.
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Emily’s Kids Foundation Fundraiser By: Rose and Lloyd n January 2008, beautiful 17-year-old Emily Ann Fields was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma. It starts in the bones and spreads to other organs. Emily’s battle was hard and lasted 11 months. Emily saw firsthand the financial struggles of the families in the Pediatric Cancer units. Families paying to park, eat, drink, and medication cost when they went home. It was Emily’s brainstorm that when she got better, her father, Craig, and she would start a foundation to help these families with expenses. Upon Emily’s passing the foundation was set up at Brenner Children’s Hospital. This grew to help all six hospitals in NC with Pediatric Cancer units. The foundation has raised over several thousand dollars. David and Missi Thompson hosted a fundraiser on October 10th, at Double D Burnout Saloon to help raise money. There was music by Travis Grubb and Stoned Rangers, BBQ plates for $10, raffles, auction, and 50/50. If you would like to help with this foundation contact www.emilyskidsfoundation.
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By: Rose & Lloyd Luquer ans, friends, and fellow musicians from six bands celebrated the reunion of The Carter Brothers Band on a Sunday afternoon at Springers in Greensboro. This was a fundraiser to help big brother Danny Carter. I grew up with Danny and Timmy in the same friendly neighborhood, riding the same school bus, attended the same classes at school with Timmy, Danny and my older brother and sister. We even attended the same church. Our neighborhood was full of talented musicians who played together from time to time. Danny played the guitar and I seem to remember a drum set in their house. Danny went on to write songs and performed his music and entertained which eventually landed him in Nashville TN, where he spent many years in the music industry. Danny and Timmy were close brothers growing up and went on to build a career together, recording their music at their Treehouse Studio in Ridgetop Tennessee. Danny returned to his hometown of High Point NC sometime around last spring after suffering a stroke and moved into Brookdale for treatment and physical therapy in order to regain full use of his legs and left arm, hand, and fingers. And one day will continue with his music career and performing. Springers owner Jeff Schmid and his staff offered the perfect venue for this fundraiser with plenty of room for the six bands, plenty of parking for both motorcycles as well as cages. Springers provided some great Bar-B-Que and all the fixings; nobody went hungry or thirsty. The benefit was all pulled together by three ladies, Sheila Klinefelter, Deanna Vernon, and Patty Fleming who all did a terrific job organizing the event from finding the venue, and lining up the bands to perform, all in a six-week period. The band lineup was The Carter’s Band, The Ladies Auxiliary, Big Bump and the Stun Guns, Tuck, Vern & Norm, The Fairlanes, and Jamie Trollinger Band,
who all performed admirably and kept the energy level high. Funds were raised by 50/50 ticket drawing, a silent auction, Carter Brothers T-Shirts & CDs sales, and a $5.00 cover for the food. A lot of other items were donated and even the musicians and sound Tech donated their time. Danny had wanted to play his 12-string guitar but opted instead to just sing along with his brother Timmy and the band. It was nice to see all his friends and associates, a lot of friends and people we all knew, as Danny and Timmy played some of their most popular songs. It was also nice to see my childhood/neighborhood friends again after all these years. The event was less about money but showing Danny Carter our love and support. Springers hosts many events and fundraisers, so keep them in mind for such events as this one. Good luck Danny Carter from all of us as you continue to regain your strength and abilities You can also help Danny out with expenses through the GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/eda05cac.
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t was a beautiful day for friendship, fun, riding beautiful bikes and donat-
ing to the NC Down Syndrome Alliance, all in honor of our dear friend Sambo. The day began with a ride starting at Baxter’s Tavern. Then stopping in at Double D’s, Springers, Liberty Tavern and Bar 240. A big thanks to Jeff Schmidt for leading the ride and bringing everyone home safe. After the ride, Bikers with Big Hearts proved their cooking skills once again and served up chicken and all the trimmings to the crowd. What a feast!! Next was the raffle and auction. The big items of the night were the American Flag Beer Light and the hand-made quilt that featured t-shirts from Sambo’s favorite bars. The total donation for NC Downs Syndrome Alliance was $3200. A huge shout out to Punkin and Cindy Welborn for organizing the event, the folks that helped with the ride, Baxter’s Tavern (event host), bartenders and staff at each stop and everyone who donated door prizes, goodies, food, blockers etc. So many helped that all can’t be named, just know that everyone is deeply appreciated. Killing Fiction Band ended the night by putting on a show that was worthy of Sambo and his kind spirit. The music, friendship, laughter, fun and giving nature of the day was exactly the way Sambo would want you to remember him. PERFECTLY DONE MY FRIENDS.
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A1 Cycles 25th Anniversary Story and Photo by Alan Dockery ongratulations to Michael Beland for successfully running A1 Cycles for 25 years. I’ve seen lots of motorcycle shops come and go over the years. So, it’s impressive to see one thrive for more than two decades, across three states. Once you get to know Mike and see his dedication to the highest quality work you will understand why people brag about having parts and modifications from A1 Cycles, Maiden, NC, on their machines. I got to know him when he took the American Motorcycle Racing Association’s Top Fuel Championship in 2016. I saw he was from Maiden, 15 minutes from my home, and wondered who is this guy racing Top Fuel Harleys? For a couple years, Mike worked out of his garage and worked for other bikes shops. His specialty is building and tuning big motor, bad ass Harleys. Now he has a large, wellequipped shop on his acres of land in a great location. On Highway 16 between Newton and Charlotte, you can get to A1 Cycles quickly from anywhere in the Western Carolinas. A1 Cycles is known for their M-8 Power Packages. Mike and the crew build some big inch seriously powerful motors. Stock, your bike rolls in the door with about 80 horsepower and 100-foot pounds of torque. It roars out of the shop with 130 horsepower and 150-foot pounds of torque. Harley Bagger Drags are popular these days and few people can consistently beat the bikes coming out of A1 Cycles. For a couple years, Mike rode Meth Beth and traded the title of the quickest Harley Bagger with a few other extremely powerful race bikes. But Meth Beth was the closest to a real street bike with lots of original Harley parts. Andy Simon, longtime Harley drag racer and multiple time national champion in a few classes, works at A1 Cycles. Andy is usually building heads when I stop by. He told me very clearly, “The fastest Harleys on the planet are going to come out of A1 Cycles. Period.” Well, Andy sure backed that claim up on the drag strip. Currently he holds the record for the
quickest Harley Bagger at 7.886 seconds in the quarter mile. Mike grew up in rural Western Massachusetts, as an active guy. Soon after high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corp, serving for six years. After a few years working on cars and trucks at a dealership, Mike started his own business, A1 Cycles. For several years he enjoyed the South Florida sunshine in West Palm Beach growing the reputation of A1 Cycles. The shop is now in the pretty Carolina foothills. An impressive custom and racing bike resume highlights Mike’s skills. His award-winning show bikes have been featured on the cover of five national magazines. He has done six pilot shows for Speed Channel and been featured on “Pinks” and “Pinks All Out.” He has also been on Air Talent for “Pass Time” and “Pinks All Out 2016” and “All Out Live 2018.” Mike has been in several documentaries on the National Geographic and Travel Channel. For a few years in the mid-1990’s Mike drag raced in the Super Comp Bike Class at New England Dragway finishing in the top ten each year. Then he raced a few years on the local dirt track taking several class titles. From 2000 to 2005 he ran AMA Pro Flat Track earning a national expert license and competing in lots of Main Feature races aboard a HarleyDavidson. The 2016 AMRA Top Fuel champ got back on the drag strip in 2006 for local bracket racing in Palm Beach. Then Mike felt the need for nitromethane. He attended Johnny Vickers’ Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel School and graduated at the top of his class. In 2015, he quickly earned Top Fuel licenses in both the International Hot Rod Association and the National Hot Rod Association. Now, you can benefit from Mike’s experience and knowledge. His new shop is equipped with machine tools and a dyno. Mike can build complete bikes, build you a serious motor or tune what you already have. Folks across the country
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Burlington H.O.G. Meals On Wheels Fundraiser
By: Deb Greene
September 25th the Burlington Harley Owners Group hosted a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Alamance County. Twenty-eight bikes hit the road starting at Down Home Harley-Davidson and rode to Smokey’s Tavern, Hooters, and Roadhouse 54 collecting cards for a final stop at Lucky’s Saloon to compete for the best poker hand. The goal for the event was to raise funds for Alamance County Meals on Wheels, an organization providing over 100,000 meals to individuals in our community. Lucky’s provided food and a facility for the event where the Jordan Brothers Band entertained the many supporters. Several cash donations contributed as noted in the banner that was displayed and pictured here. There were also several items donated for silent and live auction. Chairperson and Assistant Director Lance Greene would like to thank the many riders and volunteers who made this n
event a success. Also, many thanks to our sponsoring dealership, Down Home Harley-Davidson for providing support for this endeavor. The many contributors have made a difference and accomplished much for our neighbors in Alamance County. The auctions bringing in a total of $7,571 for the event. Presenting the check from Burlington HOG are Dian Gulick, Lance Greene, Linda Murray, Butch Armstrong, Wendy Armstrong, Deb Greene, Rick Murray and Tom Foltz Accepting the check from Meals on Wheels are Amanda Bartolomeo, Ashley Oldham, Barb Clayton and Ralphine Noble. Poker Run participants Bud Leader and Ed Caddell came along for the ride.
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In Memory of Robert Earl Wilson (aka Robert Earl)
By: Len “3 Wheel” Montgomery ikers know that those in their circle are a tight
knit group that live, laugh and love together. They take care of one another. If one member of the pack hurts, they all hurt. We are our brother’s keeper after all. Back in July 2021, when we were made aware that cancer had reared its ugly head for the umpteenth time, we began planning a Poker Run for Robert Earl. Sadly, he would lose his battle before the run could come together. In 2017, Robert had found a spot on his back. After much convincing from his wife, Janene, he went to have it looked at. It was diagnosed as melanoma, what most of us know as skin cancer, which happens to be the most common of the skin cancers. The doctors surgically removed the cancerous cells and gave him a clean bill of health. Then December of the same year, a spot appeared on his neck, which by February of 2018 it had gotten larger. A biopsy was performed, and it was found to the second most common type of skin cancer. Then with further testing and research, it was determined that Robert had a tumor behind his sinus cavity. Then came chemo and radiation with Janene by his side every step, at every appointment. In November 2018, the doctors said they had seen 3 tiny spots on his lungs they wanted to keep an eye on, but they weren’t overly concerned and said he was cancer free once again. However, by September of 2019, the “tiny spots” on his lungs had grown, so another biopsy was ordered. It came back as melanoma again. So, surgery again to remove those spots. Janene says Robert was a trooper through all this and seemed to be bouncing back well. That would have been enough to crush most people, but as Janene tells it, the doctors had just met her Superman. He would have to be Superman because a month later Robert had to have brain surgery. And maybe he was Superman because one day after brain surgery, he went home with none of the side effects the doctor had feared from this surgery. Life was going well until covid hit. After so many bouts with cancer, the doctors didn’t want Robert to chance the virus. Which as it turns out was a blessing in disguise for him and Janene. They spent every minute together, enjoying life and the company of the one they
loved so dearly. Early in 2021, Robert began having stomach pains. After more tests, doctors said the melanoma had found its way around the immunotherapy Robert had been receiving and had attacked his intestines. In April 2021, more surgery removed tumors, but three tiny spots were unable to be removed. Chemo was prescribed in hopes they would defeat the cancer, but they instead made him very sick. Unable to continue that treatment, doctors sought alternate treatment. On July 3, 2021, Robert had secretly pulled together a surprise birthday party for Janene’s 50th birthday. The day just happened to be their 4th wedding anniversary as well. Just 11 days later he would be back at the hospital in pain. Seems that the three tiny spots had become very aggressive. In a few short weeks they had grown to the size of baseballs/softballs. And this time there was nothing more they could do but to try to keep him comfortable. Robert decided to spend his last weeks at home with Janene and their fur babies. Janene was heartbroken. The doctors had given him only about four weeks to live. Robert had spent his life working hard, a heavy equipment operator for Basic Plumbing of Garner, NC for over 20 years. He was a former member of Desperados MC, S Wake County, and a former member of 301 Brothers, Four Oaks, something he had hoped to return to after conquering cancer. He had lived his life by the biker code, giving more than he took. By all accounts, he was loved and respected by all that knew him. And he will be missed. So, the poker run for Robert Earl morphed into a Memorial Run for him and a fundraiser for Janene Wilson to help cover the enormous medical expenses and cost of his funeral services. On September 18, 2021, sixty plus bikes showed up honor the memory of Robert Earl. It was a beautiful day, the sun shining. After the run, Janene and I were talking about Robert Earl in the parking lot of 301 Brothers clubhouse and a few drops of rain began to fall. She said she knew it was tears of joy from Robert Earl from all the love that was on display for him that day. ML&R
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Benefit Bike Ride For Coastal Women’s Shelter
By: Johanna Schaefer he weather was spectacular and under blue skies the
annual benefit motorcycle ride for Coastal Women’s Shelter to help end domestic violence saw over 150 bikers. Led by the Punishers LEMC NC Originals the 120-mile ride wound through beautiful country roads of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. The ride started at Temple Baptist Church where the New Bern Fire Department came to fly the American Flag. Before the riders started there was the National Anthem sung by Kathy Kohler and blessing the ride with a prayer from Pastor Jim Pennington of Temple Baptist Church. Ending at the Pamlico Chamber of Commerce bikers enjoyed music by Big Jim and Kathy Kohler and the band, vendors – Salty Enterprises, Mission 22, Best Beads and Pure Romance and food from food truck Sea & Soul and 3/1 Coffee & Cookies. The ride was a tremendous success raising awareness about domestic violence and exceeded the fundraising goal. Next year on Saturday, September 24, 2022, it will be planned for a bigger and better ride.
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9, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill into law banning the sale of all off-road, gas-powered engines, including generators, lawn equipment, pressure washers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, and even golf carts. Under the new law, these machines must be zero-emissions, meaning they will have to be either battery-powered or plug-in. This law is particularly concerning because of the status California holds within the national economy. The population and market size that California commands often forces manufacturers to react by changing products nationwide, to conform to California standards. Additionally, states with like-minded legislatures often follow with similar laws and regulations of their own. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is concerned that this action by California, will begin a cascading effect that will eventually result in the demise of the internal combustion engine and the fuel supply tied to it. During the legislative agenda setting meeting, held at the 2021 Meeting of the Minds, in Atlanta, Georgia this very issue was debated. Working with our state partners, the MRF is currently evaluating how best to address these concerns. The final 2022 MRF Legislative Agenda will be made public in an upcoming American Biker Journal. Press Release, October 11, 2021 Motorcycle Riders Foundation, (MRF.org) ctober
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By Lincoln Infield
Bull City Cider Works in Lexington, NC with a mega event put on by the Rockingham Company dubbed Rumble At The Depot. Bull City has gotten quite a reputation for hosting bike nights in Lexington and was a perfect fit for this triathlon of events. The Rockingham Company snagged Big Bikes 4 Vets as the beneficiary, booked some awesome bands, invited show bikes and show cars to get this event off and Rumbling! October 2nd came around and the weather couldn’t have been any better. It was a hot October day with no clouds in the sky as riders and drivers piled in for the day. Classic cars and show cars lined the alleyway that leads you to the cider works parking lot. There were some sweet rides out there including classic Mustangs, Thunderbirds and Camaros and some newer muscle cars including a Corvette that was done up in a red, white and blue patriotic theme. There were even some show cars that didn’t register for the car show but just came, parked and partied. Inside the Bull City Cider Works was where all the live music and biker action was going on. The Rockingham Company had booked some killer bands to keep everyone entertained. The day started off with JSW Music / Seth Williams and his band getting the crowd rocking. Seth brings a great alt country rock and roll vibe to the stage and puts out some quality music. Honestly, not sure how this was an “opening act” other than it was a stacked lineup that day. It really was like three headlining acts that shared the stage that afternoon. While Seth was bringing it on stage, the parking lot had filled up with folks checking out the wide array of vendors and lining up bikes for the bike show. There was something for everyone in the vendor group that consisted of Real Estate, Jewelry, Sunglasses, Custom Motorcycle Parts, Art, vintage and modern biker apparel and
Sean Wentzell (middle & Far Left) Won the Rebel Spirit Burn Out Contest Put On By Zach (left) and Kristin Shipwash (Right)
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Seth Williams Rocked The Crowd To Open The Show more. There were some seriously killer bikes in this people’s choice bike show too. Looking down the line you saw some sweet Triumph’s, Shovelhead’s, Panhead’s and some more recent choppers including two Honda Fury’s and other super clean modern motorcycles. Anyone could judge the bike show and got to choose who they wanted to win Best Custom, Best Classic and Best Modern Motorcycle. Lots of tough decisions were gonna have to be made! The middle of the afternoon belonged to Zach and Kristin Shipwash of The Rebel Spirit who are a dominant force in the local custom motorcycle parts scene. They were set up as a vendor for those looking for custom parts, but they also brought their mobile burnout pit for a little afternoon delight. Every time they break out the TRS burnout pit a crowd gathers round. Today was no exception. The crowd gathered and a couple bikers sacrificed some rubber in the challenge to see who could do the best burnout. Zach got the smoke rolling first
on the TRS burnout bike that the bring for the sole purpose of warming up the competition. Then 2 “homemade” Triumphs, a shoveled chopper and an Evo chopper left their mark on the TRS burnout pit. Everyone made a valiant effort, but when the smoke cleared, Sean Wentzell, a TRS burnout competition veteran, took home yet another handmade trophy provided by The Rebel Spirit. Chuck Mountain was the next band to take the stage and put on a hell of a performance. These guys were jamming out
Bike Show Winners L-R: Darrell Kiser, Paul Goraj & Larry Melton
some heavy rock music and having a great time doing it. Their energy on stage was contagious and the crowd was digging it. It was also getting on in the event and was time tally the bike and car show votes. There were some really cool custom trophies as prizes and honestly, I was hoping the ’51 Panhead chopper I rode in would take one home! I wasn’t that lucky but was beat out by some stellar rides. Darrell Kiser took home Best Modern Motorcycle with his super clean 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special with Twisted Cherry paint and a blacked-out engine. Larry Melton Won Best Classic Motorcycle with his incredible 1975 Harley-Davidson Super Glide that is in showroom condition. Best Custom went to Paul Goraj who has been winning shows all summer on his flame showing 2010 Honda Fury. It had already been one hell of a day when Wristband took the stage to finish off the evening. These guys were fantastic. They were killing it with great covers of The Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Bob Seger and more. The day turned to dusk but the day ended as hot as it had begun. The Rockingham Company put on a good show to start the Fall Event Season with Bullcity Ciderworks as a perfect backdrop. It’s rare that this trifecta of Cars, Bikes and live music can be pulled off so smoothly, but I know the crowd that came to be a part of the swaray would agree that this was one hell of a day. Make sure you keep your eye on the Cruisin’ Calendar for upcoming events by the Rockingham Group, you won’t wanna miss em!
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Road Trip With The Firm That Rides By: McGrath Law Firm Attorney Tyler Stiles ike many great
road trips, this one began with a plan: 12 people would travel 5800 miles to Washington state over 15 days, through 12 states. We’d ride through the black hills, northern Idaho, Bear Tooth Pass, and some of the greatest roads the Mid and Northwest have to offer. Also like many great road trips, the plan fell to pieces the closer we got to kick stands up: 12 people became 10, became 8, and so on and so forth until we were 4. A historic heatwave and wildfires in the pacific northwest forced us to decide: would we go northeast, into New England and Canada? Or would we go west through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and eventually New Mexico and Arizona? A quick vote was tallied among the remaining riders, and we decided given the uncertainty at the Canadian border, and the desire to see the Grand Canyon, we would head west. The trip was shortened to 4,900 miles and 11 days, and our traveling party was trimmed down to just me, Matt Danielson, Daisha Schwear and her husband Nick. My vehicle of choice for this trip was a 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. To say this bike has seen better days would be an understatement. It was purchased new by one of my bosses (the previously mentioned Matt Danielson) and has been handed down through firm employees ever since. By the time it arrived in my garage, it had an odometer reading 88,000 miles or so, and some receipts in the tour pak that indicated the speedometer had been swapped at some point and several thousand miles were lost to history. It had a weird frontend wobble, made some strange noises and didn’t particularly love to idle while hot (makes Toy Runs a real treat). At the time of the trip, the bike had *roughly* 105,000
miles. The transmission had no fluid in it when I got the bike. I wisely topped that off and perhaps not so wisely never opened the case to determine if there was a reason all the fluid was gone. Out of sight, out of mind I say. I slapped a new set of tires on it, changed the fluids in the primary, transmission and crank case and figured it was good for another 100k. Matt had been telling me for months I should probably think about a replacing it prior to this trip, but my pride combined with my wallet (sealed tighter than 2 coats of paint) convinced me that I had nothing to worry about. I packed a bunch of t-shirts, boxers, an extra pair of pants and more tools than I’d care to admit into the bike and decided I was ready. My wife informed me that I would need approximately 5 lbs. of snacks, “In case something happens.” I did not realize I was taking a trip through both time and space, back to the pioneer days when there wouldn’t be a fuel station every 30 miles and I didn’t have a cell phone but decided against making this point. I dutifully crammed cookies, nuts, and jerky into all the vacant corners of the top box. Starting out from Creedmoor, NC I made it about 15 minutes out of the driveway before the rain gear came out. Not a great start, but as long as I don’t have to start a day in the rain, “I’ll survive” I thought. I had not planned to wear my rain gear all the way to Asheville, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. I had the whole first day to myself before meeting up with the others, so I was in no rush. And since I’m passing through Asheville, obviously I have to stop at Rocky’s for some hot chicken. With my rain gear finally off and a spicy gut bomb resting comfortably in my stomach, I finished the trip into Crossville, TN and met with Matt, Daisha and Nick. I was immediately aware that
between the custom Switchback, the very new Road Glide and Matt’s Indian Challenger, I was riding the objectively crappiest bike of the bunch, but this wouldn’t be the first time I (literally or figuratively) showed up somewhere underdressed. As long as the bike made it there and back, I’d be good. The next morning, we set out for Clarksville, Arkansas, burning up highway miles. The first 3 days and the last 3 days of the trip would be “get there/get home” days, covering as much as ground as possible to give us plenty of time in the Rockies. At some point we realized Clarksville Arkansas was a dry county and had few restaurant options, so we added 60 miles to the day and stopped in Fort Smith. The clerk at the hotel recommended a steakhouse called Doe’s Eat Place. We remained skeptical but decided to go for it. Our Uber dropped us off in something I would not describe as the “cultural district” of Fort Smith, and I was pretty sure we had fallen prey to a mugging scheme, but instead we found a historic building, a very well stocked bar and one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. During the trip that day, Daisha, Nick and I decided we would try to convince everyone we ran into that Matt was our father, so we thanked Dad for the meal and headed back to the hotel. Our Uber driver appeared to be an aspiring musician/ club owner based on the flashing neon lights that adorned the inside of her car, and the karaoke set up in the car (which went unused during the trip, perhaps to her annoyance since she decided to sing for us), but at least she didn’t appear to be impaired, which is more than I can say for the Uber drivers we would later encounter. I woke up the following day feeling as though I probably should have had more water and less steak the day before, but ready to get to Amarillo. We climbed aboard, pointed the front ends west and rode through some abysmal rain that sidelined our plan to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Throughout the day I ate most of my emergency snacks, realizing that my logistical abilities could probably use some sharpening. Once we arrived in Amarillo, it was time to visit The Big Texan, home of a free 72-ounce steak dinner (provided you can finish it within an hour). I decided that perhaps on my best day I could make a run at the challenge, but this was certainly not my best day, so the Texan and I would have to two-step at a later date. I woke up again the next day realizing I had failed to stick to my “more water, less steak” plan from the day before, but managed to get a leg over my bike and begin
moving west again. The next day was our first day off the highways, after leaving Amarillo we headed straight for New Mexico, and turned North in Santa Rosa, picking up US-84 and riding through some gorgeous ranch land in the north of New Mexico, into southern Colorado. At a fuel stop in Santa Fe, I stepped out of the gas station and noticed a conspicuous spot under the geriatric Ultra. Matt’s regular hazing over the last several months, telling anyone that would listen that I’d be flying home after my bike died a mechanical death on the side of the road were in the back of my mind. To say that I could feel him circling like a shark would be unfair, but to say that I could hear the “Jaws” theme playing in my head would not be inaccurate. I pretended to tie my boot, dipping a finger into the fluid (it was awfully dark). I discreetly checked under the bike and noted that there was no fluid on the bottom of the crankcase or the transmission. “I must have just pulled into a parking space with fluid in it” I thought to myself. “Maybe I’ll just back this thing up a foot or two and no one will notice.” As I tipped the bike up off the jiffy stand, I noticed what could be described more as a “flow” than a “drip”. My heart sank, and I thought my trip was over, only having made it to Santa Fe. I quickly took another swipe through the fluid with my finger and realized it was gasoline, picking up some oil old in the parking space, lending it the terrifyingly dark color I was seeking. I laughed aloud, never having been so happy to have overfilled a hot fuel tank in my life. Matt laughed as well, noting that there were still several days left for my bike to leave me stranded. With my confidence in the bike restored, we hopped back on and continued north on some amazing roads, with long easy curves and little traffic, and plenty of passing zones. I told Matt once we arrived that evening that if that was the only day of riding I got in the whole trip it would have been worth it. He dutifully pointed out that who knows, it might actually be the last day of riding on that bike. We found a local brewery about 100 yards from the hotel and got dinner before hanging out on a small beach next to the river that ran through town. We called it a night in a small roadside motel in Pagosa Springs and decided to head for Sedona bright and early the next morning. Overnight a conflict arose that would take Matt back to Richmond, leaving myself, Daisha and Nick. At this point it was decided that I would be “Dad” for the rest of the trip,
Attorney’s Tyler Stiles and Matt Danielson on the side of the road in New Mexico somewhere
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leading as we headed west to Arizona, by way of Four Corners. The trip out of southern Colorado was as beautiful as the trip into southern Colorado, with rolling hills giving just enough in terms of elevation changes, but great roads and limited traffic. Since it was only about 50 degrees when we left, this would be the only morning we broke out leathers and sweatshirts, but they didn’t last long. We skirted along the southern edge of the San Juan National Forest, before dropping down into some genuine desert approaching Four Corners. We visited the monument and got our obligatory tourist photos standing in 4 different states at once, then quickly decided to get some headwind built up due to the heat. As someone from West Virginia, I greatly appreciate being able to see more than hillsides or creeks when I look around, but let me tell you, there’s a whole lot of nothing to see between Four Corners and Tuba City, AZ. It can be breathtaking to be able to have sightlines like that, but it can also get repetitive in a hurry. We carried on southwest, stopping for gasoline and ice cream (and some gas station chicken which may or may not have been a good idea) every 150-160 miles, until we were finally climbing towards Flagstaff again. We breezed through a totally different landscape of tall pines in Flagstaff, before heading straight down some intense switchbacks and corkscrews into Sedona for the evening. Now approaching 3,000 on the current oil in the bike, and given its age and overall state of disrepair, I had decided to do some mid-trip maintenance. I located the nearest auto parts store, an O’Reilly’s in a nearby strip mall, and made my move. Having packed a filter, I bought a few quarts of oil and a drain pan and found a shady spot in the parking lot. By some stroke of luck, I managed to complete possibly the cleanest oil change of my life, spilling nary a drop of dino juice in the parking lot, and was pleasantly surprised to see no metal clinging to the magnetic drain plug. “It is possible there’s just no more bearing material to be worn away” I briefly thought to myself, wondering if the bike would survive another 3,000 miles home. Resolving to rely on synthetic oil and good vibes, I dumped a few quarts of the former in the bike and headed back to the hotel so I could shower before putting a few pints of the latter in my belly. We took a cab to a nearby Mexican restaurant and had some tacos and margaritas before deciding to wander around the
town for a while. Unbeknownst to us, the town of Sedona shuts down almost entirely about 8:30 pm. So, we were left walking around looking at closed storefronts and bars and restaurants that declined to let us in for “just one more”. I was committed to buy my wife a mug while in Sedona, as we had failed to purchase one a few months before when we visited, and it wasn’t looking good this trip either. We encountered a skunk rummaging through some bushes, which didn’t bode well for the rest of our evening. We found another (much worse) Mexican restaurant to pass some time. Not wanting to take up a table without buying something, we purchased some churros which must have been cooked in an on-site nuclear reactor given their temperature. Unable to find an available Uber, I hailed a Lyft, which arrived looking strangely familiar. It was, in fact, our Uber driver from earlier in the evening, who was now picking up the same 3 people at a different Mexican restaurant than the one he had dropped us off in, using a different app. It occurred to us later that he probably rejected our Uber ride, only to be bamboozled by technology into driving us once again. Given that there was nothing else to do in the town with the sundown, we enjoyed the lack of light pollution at the hotel and the great view of the stars, resolving to leave early tomorrow so we could visit Bell Rock before heading for Grand Canyon. As it turned out, we failed to wake up or leave early. We did get to visit Bell Rock and take in some of the great views riding around Sedona before pointing the bikes north and heading for what I describe as “the big hole in the ground”, better known as the Grand Canyon. We retraced our steps out of the valley that holds Sedona, ran back up the mountain into Flagstaff, stopped for some more fuel, ice cream and a questionably named gas station hot dog (the “Bahama Mama”), and then headed back into the brutal heat and lower elevation of the desert around Valle. We arrived at Grand Canyon in the heat of the day and took in a good portion of the southern rim, snapping more obligatory touristy photos. At this point our GPS was telling us we would arrive in Moab at 8:30pm at the earliest, so we decided to put down some more miles rather than linger too long. We blasted east on 64 toward Cameron and realized that our trip today would largely retrace our steps from the day before, back towards Four Corners. We were stuck between our desire to find new scenery, and to arrive in Moab before midnight. We elected a slight detour
around Four Corners, which fortunately led us right past Monument Valley. I had visited Monument Valley several years prior with my dad on a cross country trip but had never had the chance to go inside the park. Even with the smoke from the pacific forest fires somewhat obscuring the visibility, it was completely worth the side trip. We ate more ice cream, wandered around inside the visitor’s center for a while (I looked for a mug), and met some friendly tourists from town very near the one I grew up in. After petting their dogs and discussing the Ohio Valley for a while, they wished us well and we headed northeast again. We stopped for fuel in a town called Mexican Hat, wondering to one another why the town would be named such a thing. I suggested that perhaps it was a companion town to Medicine Hat in Alberta, and there was some rivalry between the two as to which hat/town was better. As we were coming up with more and more ridiculous explanations for the name, we passed a rock that looked suspiciously like a sombrero, with a sign indicating that we were now passing the Mexican Hat rock. Mystery solved team. This was my first time visiting Utah, and it had been hyped up for me by everyone that’s ever ridden there. I can say that it totally delivered, as the scenery changed almost immediately when we crossed the San Juan River, from sharp crags and jagged rock outcroppings to round boulders and cliffs that looked more suited to sled riding than rock climbing (had there been some snow, that is). We rode through some beautiful grassy and tree-spotted scenery, skirting along the eastern side of Canyonlands National Park. We rode through about 20 miles of road with signs every mile or so warning us of suicidal deer that would launch themselves out in front of us at any possible moment, although we only encountered a small group of 5 that crossed politely with plenty of room to spare. Eventually, with the sun setting and the haze from the forest fires giving some great photoshop effects to the sky, we rode through Spanish Valley and arrived in Moab. Our hotel had a great view of the nearby mountains, although the pool was apparently closed due to a chlorine factory explosion. A simple “pool closed” sign would have been enough explanation for me, but the extra context was appreciated. Once again, we had arrived at our destination later than expected, but fortunately there was slightly more night life in Moab than in Sedona. We were able to get a good meal and to wander a bit before returning to our hotel, and there were no wild skunks (that we encountered anyway). While calculating our mileage for the next day, I was left puzzled by Matt’s measurements. His itinerary showed us having 356 miles to Denver, one of our shortest days, but no matter how I did it, I couldn’t get us there in less than 400, and a full day of riding. We agreed that tomorrow we would get up earlier, and then be on our way. Readers, you may not be surprised at this point, but we did not get up early and get on our way. We wandered into the Moab Diner for their renowned breakfast and green chili before heading to Arches National Park. We reasoned that we
were only a 5-minute ride from the park, it would be irresponsible to miss it while we were this close. Though it turned into an almost hour detour by the time we got into the park and rode around, it was well worth the extra time spent. Some of the most amazing scenery in the country was there in the park, landscapes that I didn’t know existed anywhere in the country. Pictures truly don’t do it justice, although the pictures are amazing. We reluctantly left Arches, knowing that we had to get to Denver before the day was over, so we returned to Moab for gas. I had spotted a mug with some horses sculpted into the side of it in the window of a closed shop the night before and ran down the street to get it while Nick and Daisha were fueling up. I had a brief vision of me running back to my bike, mug in hand, tripping and losing the mug into traffic where it would be run over by a truck. The vision made me laugh, which almost caused me to drop the mug anyway, but I managed to get back to my bike with the carefully wrapped parcel, securing it in my saddlebag and heading north towards I-70. Nick and I were so pleasantly surprised with the quality of the roads in Moab that we decided to see how long we could ride as “starfish,” with our hands and feet off the controls of the bikes. Daisha, who had accidentally cut off her comms unit in her helmet, was very confused by our antics but tolerated us all the same. We crossed the Colorado River as starfish and shortly turned east on I-70, riding through desert that I thought only existed in Star Wars and Mad Max movies. The 80 mph speed limit was a welcome change, although my bike had developed a nasty shudder over 80 mph since I changed the tires. Much later in the trip, Nick would take a video and reveal to me that my rear while was violently hopping around, perhaps due to old shocks or poor alignment, or based on the reviews of these tires, it may just be that I bought some duds (I honestly still haven’t sorted out the problem). I also couldn’t get the numerous stories I’ve heard of people riding v-twins too hard through the desert and grenading the engines from heat. I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem for an Ultra Classic that doesn’t have 100k+ of hard-earned miles, but I wasn’t so sure about my current mount. I nervously counted the miles as the bike shook my fillings out, approaching the Colorado state line where I hoped for cooler temperatures and
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some secondary roads. If you’ve ever traveled to Colorado, perhaps you thought that as soon as you passed west out of Kansas, you would be immediately transported to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Reader, you would be wrong. Eastern Colorado is a lot like Western Kansas. And as I came to learn on this trip, Western Colorado is a lot like Eastern Colorado. Passing out of the desert in Utah into Colorado did not immediately throw me into the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but rather into equal heat and scrub brush in the lowlands. Once we passed through Grand Junction, we were able to cut off I-70 onto secondary roads. As it turned out, everyone was cutting off I-70 onto secondary roads, because I-70 was completely closed down outside of Breckenridge due to rockslides. We took 50 to Salida, mercifully losing temperature and gaining elevation what felt like the entire way. We passed over the Blue Mesa Reservoir, also marked as Fork Lake, and rode through the prettiest country I’ve ever had a chance to experience. We rode switchbacks for what felt like hours at a time, working out the edges of the tires as much or more than the centers. Finally at Monarch Crest we took a short break (short mostly because we had lost about 20 degrees of air temperature at that point) and started down the mountains rather than up. The trip through Colorado likely would have been the best of the day if not for the extra traffic we encountered due to the interstate being closed. The traffic did make for a relaxed trip down the mountain, with plenty of opportunity to stand up on my floorboards and breeze out. By the time we made it to Buena Vista, we were pretty well worn but making good time, and we thought we might actually get to Denver before the restaurants closed. We continued through steep downward grades and quick turns through Grant, Kenosha Springs, and finally popped out in the western side of the city, with the sun still up. We had just enough time to unload the bikes and walk over to a burger restaurant next to the hotel. This trip was the third time I’d made it out west in my life, but I had yet to eat at In-N-Out Burger. I had given my office assistant Denise (a former California resident and huge fan of In-N-Out) my solemn vow that I wouldn’t return to the office without having had it, so despite the late hour and the fact that we’d eaten dinner, Daisha, Nick and I hailed an Uber and made the trip across the city for some late-night burgers and milkshakes. At this point any pretense of leaving early in the
mornings was finally leaving our minds, so we just elected to get up and on to the bikes whenever it suited us the next day. We had finally come to the end of our days riding scenic routes and side roads anyway and would have 3 days of highway miles to get home before the looming work week. We arose slowly the next day, facing down the prospect of crossing not just half of Colorado, but all of Kansas before we put our kickstands down for the night. Nick and Daisha had never been west of Missouri, so they had no basis for what our day would look like, but I have had the poor fortune to cross Kansas by bike twice before. Matt’s repeated story about the Ultra blowing a transmission just outside of Hays some years before was also in the back of my mind. We droned along in brutal heat for what felt like days, finally settling into a rhythm of playing “Would You Rather,” “20 questions,” and comparing takes on which movies were better than others. After one stop in Colby, involving a woman who was very worried about the state of our souls after we passed on; one stop in Hays, involving oversized freeze pops, and a stop in Lawrence involving only fuel without even putting down a kickstand, we found ourselves attempting to find our downtown Kansas City hotel in the dark. The desk clerk at the hotel met us outside the door, inquiring where we had come from. She seemed equal parts amazed and concerned when we answered “Denver”. As Kansas City (Missouri) has a much later bedtime than either Moab or Sedona, we were able to find good food just a few blocks from the hotel, and then immediately turned in for the night. Feeling the effects of the previous 600-mile day and the increasing temperature, we slowly made our way back to the bikes and out of Kansas City. Our destination would be Lexington, Kentucky, another 580+ miles away. This was easily the hottest day we had on the trip and required a stop in St. Louis for more than just fuel. After shoving my helmet in the ice box outside of the gas station and drinking a Mountain Dew slushie (highly recommend both, by the way), we got back onto the highway, and back into games of “21 Questions” and “Would You Rather”, which by now were descending into abstract madness (“would you rather have a Ford Pinto that can fly, or a horse that can grant wishes?”). Finally, the Great Plains gave way to some rolling hills as we approached eastern Missouri and western Kentucky, lending some variety to the ride and raising our spirits a bit. We even managed to make it into Kentucky in the daylight, and in time
for Nick to immediately run out to a nearby liquor store for bourbon he can’t normally find in Richmond. He later told me that upon arriving to the liquor store, he was convinced it was the wrong address, as the place was about the size of a Wal-Mart and had a brand new Indian FTR-1200 on display inside it. We found a restaurant that would scratch his itch for Kentucky bourbon, and all of our itch for food, and caught the sketchiest of our Uber rides yet, as the gentleman struggled to find us, driving past us 3 times in front of the hotel as we waved. At least he was nice enough to charge for making him wait. We discovered the bourbon bar must have been one of the few open, or that Wednesday is a busier night in Lexington than it is where I’m from, because the bar was pretty well packed out. After enjoying some cheeseburgers and watching a woman fall off her stool headfirst into a very securely placed Ms. PacMan machine (seriously the thing didn’t move an inch), we got an Uber back to a hotel. I say “a hotel” because apparently there are more than one Home2 Suites in Lexington, and as we were being dropped off, I wondered where our motorcycles had gone. We quickly realized our mistake, but not before our driver had already pulled away, so we enjoyed the rocking chairs while we waited for what would be our final (thank goodness) Uber ride of the trip. This particular driver had a very loose understanding of speed limits, lane position and traffic laws in general, which made me briefly consider texting my wife a quick rundown of my last will and testament but reasoned that might worry her, so I just opted to “buy the ticket, take the ride” in this instance. After several tense minutes and one “carrier landing” (in which our driver noticed a red light approximately 15 feet later than his brakes needed to stop for it), we all piled out of the car at the correct hotel, thanked our lucky stars to be alive, and went to bed. Our last day of the trip, we would only get about 40 minutes of riding together, as Nick and Daisha would head east across 64, straight through West Virginia and on to Richmond. As much as I love West Virginia, I had done as much highway riding as I could stand for a while and opted to head south on Kentucky 15, as I had gone this way the year before and knew it was a great, lightly trafficked stretch of highway through the mountains. We rode on together as long as we could, exchanging goodbyes and fist bumps at the 64 interchange, and I
turned south. An hour later, I was soaking wet and hearing thunder cracks a bit too close for comfort. I ducked into a gas station for a diet Dew and a cookie, waited out what I thought was the worst of the rain and then got back to business. As it turns out I was completely wrong about the rain, and I ended up drenched through to my socks just outside of Dobson. I wondered to myself how everyone on the trip except me managed to get out of their home state without needing rain gear, but decided not to dwell on it too long, as I was ready to be home after 11 days. I threw on my rain gear again and hopped onto some familiar stretches of highway, making good time across 40 and 85 back to home sweet home in Creedmoor. All in all, the trusty rusty Ultra managed about 4900 miles in 11 days with no serious issues, rolled over 110,000 miles on the trip and hit 111,111 miles the week after. I got to visit Utah for the first time, see areas of the country I’d never been to before, revisit areas that I’d hoped to see again, and really upped my 21 Questions game along the way. For now, the plan is to clean up the bike, repair a few cracks and scrapes it picked up along the way, and see if I can get this thing closer to 200,000 miles 100,000. I’ve got a set of shocks ready to go on it and a whole lot of hope (and synthetic oil) that it’ll hang in there for a few more years, especially since we’ve got Montana, Beartooth Pass and Northern Idaho scheduled for 2023. If I have any advice to be given after this trip, it’s to never miss an opportunity to put your helmet or hat in a gas station ice box on a hot day (but don’t forget it there), definitely pack more than 2 pairs of pants, any stop is a good stop for ice cream, and try to get to your destination before all the restaurants close (although In-N-Out is open plenty late, and you can’t go wrong there). Also make sure you check all the way around a souvenir mug when you buy one, because they put the best-looking horses on the front of this thing. My wife loved the mug but seriously these are a little rough. I R ide
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The Turkey popped out of the oven and rocketed into the air. It knocked every plate off the table and partly demolished a chair. It ricocheted into a corner and burst with a deafening boom, then splattered all over the kitchen, completely obscuring the room. It stuck to the walls and the windows, it totally coated the floor, there was turkey attached to the ceiling, where there had never been turkey before. It blanketed every appliance, it smeared every saucer and bowl; there wasn’t a way I could stop it; that turkey was out of control. I scraped and I scraped with displeasure and thought with chagrin as I mopped, that I would never again stuff a turkey with popcorn that hadn’t been popped! (by Jack Prelutsky) While we drove through South Carolina to visit my family for Thanksgiving, our Brooklynite friend was full of questions. He studied the passing landscape with a worried look. “How’s the economy down here? I see some areas built up, but there are these long gaps between them.” My brother, a Southern gentleman, thought a moment then answered, “Down here, we call those ‘gaps’ farms.” With Coronavirus being a concern this year, what’s likely to be the most popular side dish? Masked potatoes. Recently I received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. I tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else I could think of to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary. Finally, I was fed up and I yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. I shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. So, in desperation,
Spokes & Jokes I threw up my hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that I’d hurt the parrot, I quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto my outstretched arms and said, “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.” I was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As I was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, “May I ask what the turkey did?” My family told me to quit telling Thanksgiving jokes, but I told them I just could not quit ‘cold turkey’! “I’m not going to cite you,” said the officer. “I just wanted to warn you that the reflector on the back of your buggy is broken and it could be dangerous.” “I thank thee,” replied the Amish lady. “I shall have my husband repair it as soon as I return home.” “Also,” said the officer, “I noticed one of your reins to your horse is wrapped around his testicles. Some people might consider this cruelty to animals so you should have your husband check that too.” “Again, I thank thee. I shall have my husband check this when I get home. True to her word, when the Amish lady got home, she told her husband about the broken reflector. He said he would put a new one on immediately. “Also,” said the Amish woman, “the policeman said there was something wrong with the emergency brake.” Two California bikers are riding through Texas when they get pulled over by a State Trooper. The trooper walks up and stands there for a second, then whacks the biker with his night
stick on the head. The rider slumps over his handlebars for a minute then comes to and asks, “WTF was that for?” The trooper says, “You’re in Texas, son. When we pull you over, you better have your license ready when we get to your ride.” Not wanting to make his situation with the law any worse, the rider says, “I’m sorry, officer, I’m not from around here.” The trooper runs a check on the guy’s license and it comes up clean. He gives the guy his license back and walks around the back of the first bike and as he steps up next to the second rider the trooper smacks him with the nightstick on the head too. After he recovers, the somewhat dazed biker asks, “Hey, Man!! What was that for?” The trooper answers, “Just making your wishes come true.” Still incredulous, the biker follows up with, “Huh?” The trooper says, “I know how you California bikers are. Two miles down the road you’re gonna look over at your buddy and shout, “I wish that redneck cop would’ve tried that crap with me!” Two guys sat down for lunch at the bike shop. “Hey, whatever happened to Bob in the parts dept?” one asked. “He got this hairbrained notion he was gonna build a new kind of motorcycle,” his co-worker replied. “How was he gonna do it?” “Well, he took a motor from a Harley, wheels from a Victory, seat from an Indian, and, well, you get the idea.” “So, what did he end up with?” “10 to life!”